Experimental investigation on reinforced concrete slabs strengthened with carbon textiles under repeated impact loads

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Abstract This study presents the performance of carbon textile reinforcement used as strengthening layers for reinforced concrete (RC) slabs under repeated impact loads. In order to reveal the contribution of carbon textile reinforcement to the behavior of RC slabs under impacts, five identical RC slabs with the dimensions of 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 0.20 m were manufactured and tested at the Technische Universität Dresden. To understand failure mechanisms of RC slabs under impact loadings, two specimens were kept unstrengthened and tested under different impact velocities. The rest of the specimens was strengthened with three different carbon textile reinforcements embedded in an additional 2 cm fine-grained concrete layer and subjected to impact loads with the same striker velocity. The results observed from the tests revealed that the carbon textile reinforcement is very effective at increasing the impact capacities of the specimens. Additionally, displacement–time histories and crack profiles are highly affected due to the carbon textile reinforcement types and ratios during the impact loadings.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-131
Number of pages12
JournalStructural concrete
Issue number22(1)
Early online date15 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021

External IDs

Scopus 85087854353
ORCID /0000-0002-1596-7164/work/111044138
ORCID /0000-0002-1825-1946/work/141545475
ORCID /0000-0003-2440-5670/work/142236522
ORCID /0000-0001-6666-5388/work/142248493



  • reinforced concrete slabs, impact load, repeated impact, TRC strengthening, drop tower