Numerical Study of the Mechanical Behavior of Polymer Concrete
Ilhem Hawachi1, Habib Sammouda2

1Ilhem Hawachi, Laboratory of Energy and Material (LabEM-LR11ES34) University of Sousse-Tunisia, ESSTHS, RueLamine Abbassi, 4011, Hammam Sousse, Tunisia
2Habib Sammouda, LETTM- University of Tunis-Manar-Tunisia, Faculty of Science of Tunis, Tunisia
Manuscript received on December 12, 2015. | Revised Manuscript received on December 19, 2015. | Manuscript published on December 25, 2015. | PP: 21-27 | Volume-4 Issue-2, December 2015. | Retrieval Number: B1056124215
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Abstract: Polymer concrete (PC) represent a good alternative to traditional cementitious materials in the field of new building construction. In fact, PCs exhibit high compressive strength and ultimate compressive strain values, as well as good chemical resistance. Within the context of these benefits, in this paper we present a study on the mechanical behavior of polymer concrete. Here we propose to use the principles of homogenization to simulate the behavior of organic matrix concrete for different type of geometry of the aggregates and for the case reinforced with fibers. Compressive testing of the PC is firstly carried out to provide experimental benchmark for validation of the proposed numerical model. A numerical simulation of the model is then performed using COMSOL software and the compressive and bending stress-strain curves are obtained.
Keywords: polymer concrete; simulation; characterization