Research on Bending Performance and Engineering Application of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Roof Panel

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Research on Bending Performance and Engineering Application of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Roof Panel

Keywords: Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, Engineering Application, Bending Performance.

Abstract. To investigate the seismic behavior of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) roof panels, the bending experiment of 4 AAC slabs for estimating the deflection and moment capacity was made. All specimens were placed under a test frame using monotonically increasing load till failure. The experimental results indicated that the stiffness and load-carrying capacity of AAC panels can meet the requirements of the roof panel. Reinforced AAC roof panels, which serve as a substitute for normal one can be used efficiently to provide a structure's horizontal diaphragm system while supporting the necessary gravity loads. The study in this paper can provide a reliable experimental basis for further analysis and engineering application of AAC roof panels in the future.


Introduction 
The Background

Autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC), a form of cellular concrete, is a low-density product of calcium silicate hydrates in which the low density is obtained by the formation of macroscopic air bubbles, mainly by chemical reactions within the mass during the liquid or plastic phase. The thermal conductivity of AAC is 6 to 7.5% that of conventional concrete, making it energy-efficient. Because of its characteristic high internal porosity, AAC has very high sound absorption.

AAC can be used to make unreinforced, masonry-type units, and also factory-reinforced floor panels, roof panels, wall panels, lintels, beams, and other special shapes. These elements can be used in a variety of applications, including residential, commercial, and industrial construction. Reinforced wall panels can be used as cladding systems as well as load-bearing and non-load-bearing exterior and interior wall systems. Reinforced floor and roof panels can be used efficiently to provide a structure's horizontal diaphragm system while supporting the necessary gravity loads.


Manufacture of AAC
The raw materials are then batched by weight and delivered to the mixer. Measured amounts of water and expansive agent are added to the mixer, and the cementitious slurry is mixed. Steel molds are prepared to receive the fresh AAC. If reinforced AAC panels are to be produced, steel reinforcing cages are secured within the molds. After mixing, the slurry is poured into the molds. Within a few hours after casting, the initial hydration of compounds in the AAC gives it sufficient strength to hold its shape. The material is removed from the molds and fed into a cutting machine. After cutting, the aerated concrete product is transported to a large autoclave, where the curing process is completed. Autoclaving is required to achieve the desired structural properties and dimensional stability. Overall steps in the manufacture of AAC are shown in Fig.2.

AAC typically has one-sixth to one-third the density of conventional concrete, making it suitable for roof panels. All floor and roof anchors should be installed before placement of the panels, thus expediting panel installation.


Research Significance
Today, AAC prefabricated elements are gaining rapid acceptance in the China due mainly to increasing energy cost, environmental concerns, and the ease of construction using AAC elements. Although AAC is well-recognized building material, still little research work has been done on China. -produced AAC products.


Objectives

The primary objectives of this research are to study the structural behavior of AAC elements used for roof panels as well as the engineering application and the following aims should be accomplished;

To review the basic characteristics and structural applications of AAC;

To observe a full-scale AAC roof panel's flexural performance under a four-point bending test and observe the failure mode;

To recommend structural design procedures for factory reinforced AAC panels.


Experimental Procedure

Test Specimens

In this investigation, a total of four specimens were designed and this study was performed on the following dimensions of 3600mm x 600mm x 150mm size. The dry bulk density of the samples had been lowered to 500 kg/m3. The 28-day mean strength of plain AAC was 3.5 MPa. The information of tested panels was shown in Table. 1.

Test Setup and Loading Procedure
The experiemntal setup consists of loading beam, a vertical loading device to imitate gravity, and displacement transducer. The static load was applied by a hydraulic jack to the specimens through a wooden spreader beam. The four-point loading pattern was used to achieve the pure bending. The test device was shown as Fig.3. The slab was loaded with a loading rate of 0.2 kN/s - 0.5 kN/s. The loading procedure was controlled by load before the cracking of the specimen. Then, all the specimens were loaded monotonically up to failure in few minutes. The specimen was considered to have failed when it's bearing capacity dropped to 85% of the maximum measured load. Observe the failure mode and give numbers to new cracks.


Results and Discussion

Phenomena and Damage Charateristics
It was observed from Fig.4 that when the load was small, the load-deflection curves were basically linear. As the vertical load increased to 30% - 40% of the ultimate load, initial cracks appeared in the central parts of panel and the cracking load is nearly up to 6kN. With increasing loading, several inclined flexural-shear cracks are found to form in the flexure-shear zone and then extend towards to the loading point as the Fig. 5 shows. When the load dropped to 85% of the ultimate load, more crushing and falling phenomena appeared in AAC panels, indicating that the panels had lost bearing capacity. The maximum crack width was about 5 mm. Meanwhile, a silvery "clap" sound was heard as the AAC panels damaged. After unloading, the inclined cracks cannot be completely closed.

Nominal capacity is computed by assuming plane sections; tensile reinforcement is assumed to be yielded; the stress in compressive reinforcement is computed based on its strain and its stress-strain behavior. The values of the measured ultimate load, cracking load, deflection and failure mode of specimens are listed in Tab.2.

The Performance on the Bond Behavior between AAC and Reinforcement Cage
Obviously, it could be seen that a slip point appeared from Fig.6, suggesting that the bond behavior between AAC and reinforcing bar was so poor. Soon afterwards, the result of poor performance on the bond behavior was analyzed. Bond and development requirements for steel wire cages embedded in AAC are quite different from those for conventional concrete. Because the steel wire cage has a corrosion-resistant coating, the bond strength between the coated wire and the AAC itself is negligible.

It is an obvious fact that the Slippage of longitudinal reinforcement are not permitted, which is supposed to affect the Mechanical Performance of AAC panels. Making an adjustment of corrosion-resistant coating is the first and direct step towards changing the poor bond. Besides, inproving the fluidity of slurry is an effective means to change the bad bond behavior between AAC and steel wire.


Summary
Care should be taken when AAC roof panels with long span get access to shear failure. This research was aimed at giving impetus to the industrialized residences in the long run and the following conclusions were drawn from the test result;

1) The panels were tested under four-point bending to investigate their strength and the load-carrying capacity of AAC panels can meet the requirements of the roof panel.

2) The cracking load as a percentage of the maximum load ranged from 30% to 50% and is, on average, approximately 40% of the failure load.

3) The Slippage of longitudinal reinforcement are not permitted, which is supposed to affect the Mechanical Performance of AAC panels.

4) Making an adjustment of corrosion-resistant coating and improving the fluidity of slurry both are effective means to change the bod bond.

The study in this paper can provide a reliable experimental basis for further analysis and engineering application of AAC roof panels in the future.


Acknowledgement

The authors gratefully acknowledge funding and support provided by Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. The materials were donated by JINYU, whose support was gratefully acknowledged. Helps received from staffs and studnets at the laboratory were also greatly acknowledged.




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