Modelling the response regimes of elastomer-coated concrete slabs subjected to blast pressure loading

Chanel Fallon, Graham McShane

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Elastomer coatings have been found to offer protection to structural components when subjected to dynamic load cases, such as impact and blast. One such application of interest is the protection of concrete structures. Elastomer coatings have the potential to provide a cost effective and practical protective solution. The dynamic response of quasi-brittle concrete structures to blast loading is complex, with a range of dynamic response regimes. It remains to be identified in which regimes of response an elastomer coating can offer a protective benefit. Numerical and analytical modelling of thin, one-way reinforced concrete slabs subjected to varying intensities of simulated blast loading is carried out, in order to ascertain the protective effect of an elastomeric coating. Three configurations are considered: uncoated, coated with elastomer on the blast-receiving face and coated with elastomer on the non-blast-receiving face. It is found that the slab is relatively insensitive to the elastomer coating during response regimes where concrete damage is minimal. At higher load intensities, where the slab exhibits severe damage, the numerical results indicate a substantial reduction in slab deflections may be achieved by coating on the non-blast-receiving face. At the highest loading intensities, a shift in failure mechanism is observed to one dominated by transverse shear at the supports. An analytical model quantitatively predicts a substantial coating benefit in protecting against this failure mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-27
JournalInternational Journal of Protective Structures (IJPS)
Issue number1
Early online date26 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023


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