Impact tests on reinforced concrete slabs – Variation in results and residual loadbearing capacity due to hard impact

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Structures such as concrete slabs and concrete barriers of critical infrastructure facilities must be able to withstand impact events or severe accidents. In particular, the structural safety of the confinements of nuclear power plants against a possible aircraft impact is essential to ensure the safety of inhabitants and environment. This article presents research results of hard impact on reinforced concrete slabs, which have been carried out at the Institute of Concrete Structures (IMB) at TUD Dresden University of Technology Technische Universität (TU Dresden). A specially designed drop tower is available for this purpose on the premises of the Otto Mohr Laboratory of TU Dresden. In the framework of a research project many reinforced concrete slabs of dimension 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.2 m³ were tested by hard impact. The investigation on some already carried out impact tests on reinforced concrete slabs intend to show the range of deviation of impact tests. In particular, the possible standard deviations that should be regarded in impact tests are estimated for the applied test setup. Furthermore, the residual structural capacity of an undamaged and damaged reinforced concrete slab has been investigated.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2024


Title27th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology
Abbreviated titleSMiRT 27
Conference number
Duration3 - 8 March 2024
Degree of recognitionInternational event
LocationPACIFICO Yokohama

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0002-1825-1946/work/159170524
ORCID /0000-0001-6916-0086/work/159170992
ORCID /0000-0003-2440-5670/work/159171259
ORCID /0000-0001-6666-5388/work/159171828



  • impact, aircraft impact, dynamic simulation, Impact, reinforced concrete structures, drop tower testing