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Final Report - RCIMPACT (Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Reinforced Concrete Structures Subjected to Impact Loads)

Project ID: 211092
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


This is the final report of the RCIMPACT project, which is funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project aimed to develop the available knowledge on the impact behaviour of reinforced concrete (RC) structures and develop and verify a 3-D nonlinear finite element analysis (NLFEA) software that can effectively be utilised in the impact analysis and design of RC structures. The software VecTor3 was developed which employs high-level, state-of-the-art reinforced concrete modelling techniques. The project analysed structures against extreme loads, comparing the static and impact behaviour of identical specimens of concrete materials.

Impact testing results proved that although the specimens showed a high degree of flexural damage in static tests due to the involvement of inertia forces, shear failure is the dominant failure mechanism in impact loads. This observation stresses the importance of the accuracy of shear-behaviour models used in modelling the impact behaviour. The overall project's results from the NLFEA modelling will be able to be used as a benchmark by researchers working in the field of development and design of RC structures.

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