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International Journal of Impact Engineering 36 (2009) 283–293

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Numerical assessment for impact strength measurements in concrete materials

Werner Riedel a, *, Nobuaki Kawai b, Ken-ichi Kondo b
Fraunhofer Institut für Kurzzeitdynamik, Ernst-Mach-Institut, Eckerstraße 4, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany
Materials & Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Yokohama 226-8503, Japan

a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t

Article history: Measurement of dynamic strength of concrete at impact relevant strain rates and pressures is the pur-
Received 27 June 2007 pose of the described study. Therefore, an experimental design of direct planar impact experiments with
Received in revised form 19 December 2007 longitudinal and transverse strain gauges is analyzed in predictive hydrocode simulations using an
Accepted 19 December 2007
elastic–plastic damage model for concrete. The calculations and first experimental results on mortar
Available online 10 May 2008
show decreasing phase velocities of stress waves both in longitudinal and lateral gauges. The model
clearly associates it with the onset of damage, possibly interpreted as a failure wave. Numerical analysis
is furthermore used to compare a monolithic target block to a thoroughly assembled concrete sample in
Concrete strength
Strain rate
order to include flat gauges in the material. The planned experimental procedure to derive wave speeds,
Failure wave particle velocities and strain rates from stress measurements is anticipated and validated on the basis of
Damage simulated gauge signals. The most important finding is the prediction and first experimental confir-
mation that concrete ultimate strength and damaged yield stress can be derived at strain rates in the
order of 104/s from the proposed type of experiments. This technique promises new insight into the
strength and failure processes of concrete in the challenging loading region around the characteristic
minimum of the shock particle velocity relationship.
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1. Introduction measurements and scattering are very challenging around this

1.1. Dynamic strength analysis and modeling approaches Moreover, concrete exhibits a complex distortional behavior.
Fig. 1, right, shows equivalent stresses at failure loads as function of
Analysis and modeling of concrete impact behavior has been an hydrostatic pressures p for four different concrete qualities be-
active research area over the last decades. A number of authors tween 35 and 140 MPa compressive strength. Eq. (1) defines the
have measured the longitudinal stress wave behavior ranging from equivalent stress seq as function of the principal stresses s1, s2, s3
low velocities up to strong shock loading as high as 20 GPa pressure for general load cases. In the special case of cylindrical symmetric
and strain rates of 106/s. Fig. 1 gives an overview of available lit- loading with s2 ¼ s3, it is equal to the stress difference Ds.
erature data by Gregson [14], Grady [11,12,13], Kipp and Chhabildas rffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi
[24], Ockert [28], Ishiguchi [21], Tsembelis [36,37,38] Gebbeken [9], 1h i cyl: symm:
seq ¼ ðs  s2 Þ2 þðs2  s3 Þ2 þðs3  s1 Þ2 ¼ js1  s2 j
Riedel [31,32]. The dashed lines point out the remarkable drop in 2 1
the compression wave velocity Us, or better phase velocity cp [41], ¼ Ds ¼ 2s (1)
from particle velocities up between 50 and 300 m/s. The reduction
from the acoustic 1D strain longitudinal sound speeds above 1
p ¼  ðs1 þ s2 þ s3 Þ (2)
4000 m/s to less than 2000 m/s for conventional strength concrete 3
[24,32] is generally assigned to the compaction of the concrete Before failure initiation inelastic stresses start for conventional
pores and the onset of damage. Higher loading intensities (up above concrete at about 85% of the strength in uniaxial tension and above
>400 m/s) override the energy consumption of these processes. As 35% in uniaxial compression. Irreversible pore compaction is ob-
the impedances of aggregate and mortar differ most in this regime, served under hydrostatic loading. After failure shear stresses are
only supported under confined conditions but are still substantial,
for example, during penetration into thick concrete targets [17]. A
number of models (e.g. Chen [5], Riedel [31], Itoh et al. [20], Geb-
* Corresponding author. Tel.: þ49 7628 9050 692; fax: þ49 7628 9050 677. beken and Ruppert [10], Malvar et al. [25]) describe elasticity,
E-mail address: (W. Riedel). hardening up to failure and post-failure shear resistance by three

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Fig. 1. Left: shock properties of concrete showing a decisive minimum in stress propagation speed at up ¼ 250 m/s. Data ‘Riedel 03 Conventional’ [31] used in Sections 3 and 4.
Right: static distortional strength as a function of pressure.

limit surfaces, as shown in Fig. 2. A point of discussion remains the deviation from this line along the failure surface towards higher
closure of the elastic surface towards high hydrostatic pressures by pressures. Time delayed failure has been shown to result in a two-
‘cap’ formulations. wave structure referred to as ‘failure wave’, which is especially
Strain rate dependence on these limit surfaces is so far mostly apparent in the lateral stress signal. Rise in longitudinal strain has
measured along the lines of uniaxial compressive and tensile been observed with the passing of the failure front, while lateral
stresses seq ¼ 3p (dashed lines in Fig. 4, right). Dynamic experi- strains remain negligible [26]. A distinct influence on the propa-
ments loading concrete specimens in dynamic uniaxial compres- gation of the failure wave by additional target assembly surfaces
sion can reach strain rates of several 100/s with strength increase was reported by Bourne et al. [3].
factors up to 2.5 (Bischoff [1]). Split Hopkinson-Bar measurements Micro-concrete and mortar materials have been studied with
on scaled concrete or mortar can reach 1700/s and increase factors stress gauges in the material by Tsembelis et al. [37,39] and Grote
up to 4 (Grote et al. [15]). The strain rate dependence in uniaxial et al. [16] to derive deviatoric strength and failure. Grote reports the
tension, for example using a Hopkinson-Bar in spallation configu- limit of elastic longitudinal and transverse stresses to be at 167 m/s
ration, is even stronger with dynamic strength increase factors of for PMMA plate impact which corresponds to 130 MPa compressive
4–12 at maximum strain rates from 50 to 120/s (Klepaczko [23], stress. He shows that stronger loading does not provide shear
Schuler et al. [33]). stresses above the theoretical elastic limit. Tsembelis measures the
Shock waves generate strain rates from 104 to 106/s. Dynamic stress differences Ds from 0.4 to 1.45 GPa for higher longitudinal
shear strength of brittle materials under shock loading has been stresses from 0.8 up to 6 GPa. They are almost identical for micro-
measured and simulated mainly for glass and ceramics by a number concrete and cement paste.
of authors, e.g. Kanel et al. [22], Brar et al. [4], Clifton [6], Espinosa In this work the impact shear strength analysis method is ap-
et al. [7,8], Millet et al. [26], Bourne et al. [3]. By mounting flat stress plied to large mortar and concrete samples in order to measure
gauges in normal and lateral direction into specimens subjected to strength and failure at very high strain rates. The 200 mm caliber
plate impact, shear stresses s of the materials are measured. Planar allows parallel use of axial and lateral stress gauges at the same
stress and shock waves are compressing in uniaxial strain with distance from the impact plane. Numerical simulation is used be-
seq ¼ 3p(1  2n)/(1 þ n) in the elastic regime (broken line in Fig. 2, fore and after testing to predict and analyze stress and damage
right). Higher loading with permanent deformation causes evolution in monolithic and assembled concrete targets.

Fig. 2. Three surface concept for the concrete strength with hardening, failure and residual friction resistance.
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1.2. Configuration referential (moving with the material) and solved together with the
equation of state (Eqs. (6) and (11)) linking pressure p, density r and
The experimental configuration under development by Kawai internal energy e. Stresses and strains are decomposed into hy-
et al. [41] is shown in Figs. 3 and 4. A U-shaped aluminium pro- drostatic pressure p and deviatoric stresses Sij. In Eq. (4a) com-
jectile (diameter 200 mm, bottom plate thickness 25 mm, collar pressive pressures and tensile stresses sij, Sij are defined positive.
thickness 15 mm, overall length 100 mm) is impacted with its flat The Jaumann tensor of deviatoric stress rates (Eq. (4b)) is used to
bottom onto a concrete block of overall dimension L ¼ 100 mm, integrate the strength portion of material behavior for small strain
B ¼ 100 mm, H ¼ 185 mm. In the present paper impact velocities of increments d3ij/dt (Eq. (5a)) per time step. Stress contributions from
170 m/s are considered, the impact facility is designed to allow up rotation rates drij/dt (Eq. (5b)) are eliminated to obtain an objective
to 280 m/s. Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) stress gauges 1–3 with material description, independent of the choice of coordinate sys-
measurement areas of 6  6 mm are placed in longitudinal di- tem and rigid body motions. Explicit time integration fulfilling the
rection at 10, 20 and 30 mm beneath the impact surface along the Courant–Friedrich–Levy criterion yields stability of the numerical
axis of impact. Gauge 4 measures transverse stresses in the same scheme. This combination of stress and strain referentials and time
plane as number 1 but is located 70 mm off the symmetry axis. The integration is often called ‘update Lagrange–Jaumann scheme’ and
concrete target is assembled from a number of precisely ground allows consistent large strain material description when integrated
blocks and tiles to mount the gauges between them. Tiles Ia, Ib, Ic over several time steps. Coordinates xi, velocities vi and accelera-
measure each 10  100  100 mm and are backed by block II tions are nodal variables in the computational grid, while material
(70  100  100 mm). Blocks III (100  100  20 mm) and IV properties such as mass, pressure, deviatoric stresses, internal en-
(100  100  65 mm) are attached below the resulting cube. The ergy are evaluated in the cell centre.
blocks are precisely rectified and connected with a fine film of
epoxy resin thinner than 200 mm. An additional block V of concrete Dr vv
þr i ¼ 0 (3a)
is added onto the assembly. Dt vxi
The following questions arise in context with the experimental
Dvi vp vSji
1. Does the assembly of the concrete target influence the mea- r ¼  þ þ rfi (3b)
Dt vxi vxj
surement of longitudinal and transverse stresses in comparison
to a monolithic sample?
2. When and to which extent does the assembly alter the damage
evolution and propagation? De vv vv
r ¼ rq_  p i þ Sji i (3c)
3. Can it be assumed that the lateral stress measurements in Dt vxi vxj
gauge position 4 are the same as in position 1, where the lon-
gitudinal stress is taken?
4. Which interpretation will be possible from the stress gauge  
data? sij ¼ Sij  pdij S_ ij ¼ Sij r_ jk þ Skj r_ ik þG 3_ ij  dij 3_ kk (4a,b)
rotation correction
To clarify these points the experimental configuration is nu-
merically modeled in the following.
! !
1 vvi vvj 1 vvi vvj
3_ ij ¼ þ r_ ij ¼  (5a,b)
2. Numerical simulation approach 2 vxj vxi 2 vxj vxi

2.1. Lagrangian hydrocode

Basis of the simulations is the finite difference scheme of the 2.2. Constitutive models for aluminium and epoxy
commercial hydrocode AUTODYN-V6.0 [27], which also in-
corporates finite element and smooth particle hydrodynamics Both materials are described using an equation of state in Mie–
discretisations. The differential Eqs. (3a)–(3c) are derived from Grüneisen form (Eq. (6a)) with a Hugoniot reference curve pH(r)
conservation of mass, momentum and energy in Lagrangian and the Grüneisen coefficient G ¼ V(vp/ve)V to extrapolate to

Fig. 3. Experimental configuration of single stage accelerator and concrete sample at TokyoTech.
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Fig. 4. Sample geometry with concrete block structure containing longitudinal and transverse gauges. Cylindrical symmetric model of impactor and concrete sample. Mesh res-
olution of 0.2 mm describing the adhesive layer for assembled sample.

general material states (V denotes the volume). The Aluminium
p vf 2 p p spij seeq  Y
Hugoniot curve is expressed in terms of shock velocity Us and d3ij ¼ dl 3peq ¼ 3 3 D3peq ¼ ¼
vsij 3 ij ij 3G 3G
particle velocity up using the linear approximation with the mate-
rial parameters bulk sound speed cB and slope S (Eq. (6b)). A (9a,b,c)
polynomial formulation (Eq. (6c)) is chosen for the epoxy. The " 0
! 0
! #
Yp p GT n
equation of state parameters are summarized in Table 1, left Y ¼ Y0 1 þ þ ðT  300Þð1 þ b3Þ (10)
columns. Y0 h1=3 G0
1 r
pðr; eÞ ¼ Gre þ pH 1  G 1 (6a) Elastic stresses are limited by the flow rule (Eq. (8)) based on the
2 r0
von Mises equivalent stress seq (Eq. (1)). The flow rule (Eq. (9a)) is
associated with the flow surface, so that plastic strain increments
hð1 þ hÞ are calculated using ‘radial return’ (Eq. (9c)). Steinberg and Gui-
pH ðhÞ ¼ r0 c2B pH ðhÞ nan’s model describes the aluminium flow surface depending on
½1  hðS  1Þ2
r isotropic strain hardening, pressure and temperature (Eq. (10)). All
¼ A1 h þ A2 h2 þ A3 h3 with h ¼ 1 (6b,c) material parameters are summarized in Table 1, right. A constant
yield stress is assumed for the epoxy adhesive.
Elastic stress rates dSij/dt are derived via Hooke’s law in
Jaumann’s formulation (Eq. (4b)) from strain and rotation rates
(Eqs. (5a,b)). Steinberg et al.’s [34,35] model describes the alu- 2.3. Constitutive model for concrete
minium with the shear modulus G depending on pressure and
temperature. A constant shear modulus is assumed for epoxy. 2.3.1. Equation of state
" ! # The concrete equation of state for the pore free matrix material
G0p p GT is based on the Mie–Grüneisen form (Eq. (6a)) with a polynomial
G ¼ G0 1 þ ßþ ðT  300Þ (7)
G0 h1=3 G0 Hugoniot curve (Eq. (6c)). Herrmann’s model [18] describes po-
rosity a ¼ rmatrix/rporous as an additional state variable (Eq. (11a)).
      The compaction path (Eq. (11b)) is defined using the initial porosity
f sij ¼ F sij  Y ¼ 0 F sij ¼ seq (8) ainit, pore crush pressure pel, lockup pressure pcomp and exponent N.

Table 1
Equation of state and strength parameters to describe the Al2024-T4 projectile and the epoxy adhesive

Al2024-T4 [34,35]
Equation of state Shock Shear modulus 2.86000Eþ07 (kPa)
Reference density 2.78500Eþ00 (g/cm3) Yield stress 2.60000Eþ05 (kPa)
Gruneisen coefficient 2.00000Eþ00 (–) Maximum yield stress 7.60000Eþ05 (kPa)
Parameter CB 5.32800Eþ03 (m/s) Hardening constant 3.10000Eþ02 (–)
Parameter S 1.33800Eþ00 (–) Hardening exponent 1.85000E01 (–)
Reference temperature 3.00000Eþ02 (K) Derivative dG/dP 1.86470Eþ00 (–)
Specific heat 8.63000Eþ02 (J/kgK) Derivative dG/dT 1.76200Eþ04 (kPa)
Melting temperature 1.22000Eþ03 (K) Derivative dY/dP 1.69500E02 (–)

Epoxy adhesive
Equation of state Polynomial Shear modulus 4.08000Eþ06 (kPa)
Reference density 1.18600Eþ00 (g/cm3) Yield stress 4.00000Eþ04 (kPa)
Bulk modulus A1 8.83900Eþ06 (kPa) Eq. plastic failure strain 3.00000Eþ00 (–)
Parameter A2 1.75500Eþ07 (kPa) Reference temperature 2.93000Eþ02 (K)
Parameter A3 1.51600Eþ07 (kPa)
Parameter B0 1.13000Eþ00 (–)
Parameter B1 1.13000Eþ00 (–)
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The employed equation of state data is derived from plate impact positive) with parameters A and N. All measures of hydrostatic
tests in [31,32] and specified in Table 2. pressure and the deviatoric strength are normalized over the
uniaxial compressive strength fc, when denoted with *. Towards
p ¼ f ðrmatrix ; eÞ ! p ¼ f ðra; eÞ with low pressures the exponential form is continued by linear
" #N interpolations from the uniaxial compressive strength (seq*,p*) ¼
pcomp  p (fc/fc,1/3) to shear strength (fs/fc, 0) and uniaxial tensile strength
a ¼ 1 þ ðainit  1Þ ð11a;bÞ
pcomp  pel (ft/fc, ft/3fc) and extrapolated to the intersection HTL* ¼ HTL/fc with
the hydrostatic axis. The auxiliary variable HTL0 * only occurs in
Eq. (13a) to provide continuity of YTXC* at the uniaxial compres-
2.3.2. Failure surface depending on pressure, triaxiality sive strength (seq*,p*) ¼ (fc/fc,1/3). Hydrostatic pressures in ten-
and strain rate sion are limited to HTL* with correction of the internal energy for
The strength model proposed and developed in [30,31] is in- the release of the tensile pressure portion below HTL*. For such
spired by Chen’s [5] concept of three limit surfaces in stress space. states the deviatoric strength is zero, until pressures above HTL*
Fig. 2, left, shows the three surfaces describing the elastic limit Yel, occur. All above and following input parameters are summarized
failure Yfail and residual shear strength Yfric of the damaged con- in Table 2.
crete under confined conditions. Rotation of the compressive meridian around the hydrostatic
      axis spans the complete failure surface in stress space (Fig. 2, left).
f p; seq ; q; 3_ ¼ seq  Yfail p; q; 3_ ¼ seq  YTXC ðpÞR3 ðqÞFRate 3_ ¼ 0 To describe reduced strength on shear and tensile meridians it is
(12a) multiplied with a factor Q2  R3(q)  1 (Fig. 5, right). The lode angle
q describes stress triaxiality and depends on the third invariant J3
    of the stress tensor (Eq. (14b)). The dimensionless function R3
Yfail p; q; 3_ ¼ YTXC ðpÞR3 ðqÞFRate 3_ (12b) (Eq. (14a), [40]) scales referring to the compressive meridian YTXC
with R3  1. The lowest value Q2 > 0.5 is reached on the tensile

n 1 meridian with principal stresses combined as sI > sII ¼ sIII. The
YTXC ¼ A p*  HTL0* for p*  (13a) ratio Q2 of tensile to compressive meridian decreases with
increasing pressure (from 0.684 to 0.705 for 1/3 < p/fc < 7/3). This
effect is called ‘brittle to ductile transition’ and is described by
YTXC ¼ 0 for p* < HTL* (13b)
Eq. (14c).

h i1
2 1  Q22 cos q þ ð2Q2  1Þ 4ð1  Q22 Þcos2 q þ 5Q22  4Q2
R3 ðq; Q2 Þ ¼
4 1  Q22 cos2 q þ ð1  2Q2 Þ2

The failure surface Yfail, described by Eq. (12b) and shown in Figs. pffiffiffi
2 and 5, can be measured on hydraulic machines with triaxial 3 3 J3 27detðSÞ
cos 3q ¼ ¼ (14b)
control; some results are shown in Fig. 1, right. It is therefore taken 2 J 3=2 2s3eq
as reference to construct all limit surfaces. The compressive me-
ridian YTXC(p) (Eq. (13)) describes the pressure dependence for
principal stress conditions sI < sII ¼ sIII (tensile stresses defined 0:5 < Q2 ¼ Q2;0 þ Bp*  1 (14c)

Table 2
Employed material data for 37.7 MPa concrete, AUTODYN [27] input to ‘RHT concrete’

Equation of state P alpha Tens./comp. meridian ratio (Q) 6.80500E01 (–)

Reference density 2.75000Eþ00 Brittle to ductile transition 1.05000E02 (–)
Porous density 2.16000Eþ00 (g/cm3) G (elas.)/(elas.–plas.) 2.00000Eþ00 (–)
Porous sound speed 2.92000Eþ03 (m/s) Elastic strength/ft 7.00000E01 (–)
Initial compaction pressure 2.51000Eþ04 (kPa) Elastic strength/fc 5.30000E01 (–)
Solid compaction pressure 6.00000Eþ06 (kPa) Fractured strength constant B 1.60000Eþ00 (–)
Compaction exponent 3.00000Eþ00 (–) Fractured strength exponent m 6.10000E01 (–)
Solid EOS Polynomial Comp. strain rate exp. a 3.20000E02 (–)
Bulk modulus A1 3.52700Eþ07 (kPa) Tensile strain rate exp. d 3.60000E02 (–)
Parameter A2 3.95800Eþ07 (kPa) Failure RHT Concrete
Parameter A3 9.04000Eþ06 (kPa) Damage constant, D1 4.00000E02 (–)
Parameter B0 ¼ G 1.22000Eþ00 (–) Damage constant, D2 1.00000Eþ00 (–)
Parameter B1 ¼ G 1.22000Eþ00 (–) Minimum strain to failure 1.00000E02 (–)
Reference temperature 3.00000Eþ02 (K) Residual shear modulus fraction 1.30000E01 (–)
Specific heat 6.54000Eþ02 (J/kgK) Tensile failure Hydro (Pmin)
Compaction curve Standard Erosion Geometric Strain
Strength RHT Concrete Erosion strain 2.00000Eþ00 (–)
Shear modulus 1.67000Eþ07 (kPa) Tens./comp. meridian ratio (Q2,0) 6.80500E01 (–)
Compressive strength (fc) 3.77000Eþ04 (kPa) Brittle to ductile transition B 1.05000E02 (–)
Tensile strength (ft/fc) 1.00000E01 (–)
Shear strength (fs/fc) 1.80000E01 (–)
Intact failure surface constant A 1.60000Eþ00 (–)
Intact failure surface exponent n 6.10000E01 (–)
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Fig. 5. Definition of the failure surface by the compressive meridian and the deviatoric section. Data, e.g. by [17].

The term FRate(d3/dt) in Eqs. (12a,b) accounts for the rate en- Tension
hancement of deviatoric strength. CEB-Bulletin 187 [2] proposes
empirical fit functions (Eqs. (15a,b) and (16a,b)) for uniaxial tensile ftd 3_
and compressive loading. In the model the strain rate influence for FRate ¼ ¼ 3_  30 s1 (16a)
ft 3_ 0
hydrostatic pressures above fc/3 is calculated according to Eq. (15a),
for pressures below ft/3 Eq. (16a) is applied. Strain rate enhance-
ment factors FRate between these limits are linearly interpolated. By p ffiffi
¼ h 3_ 3_ > 30 s1
this formulation the complete failure surface (Eq. (12)) is radially (16b)
dilated around the origin (p ¼ 0,seff ¼ 0) for higher strain rates, as ft
indicated by the dashed line and square measurement points in 1
Fig. 5, left. The input parameters for a and d are specified in Table 2. 3_ 0 ¼ 3  106 s1 ; d ¼
10 þ 12 fc
The units in Eqs. (15) and (16) are [MPa] for ft and fc and [1/s] for
strain rates.
log h ¼ 7d  0:492
f 3_
FRate ¼ cd ¼ 3_  30 s1 ð15aÞ
fc 3_ 0
2.3.3. Elastic limit and hardening
p ffiffi The initial elastic surface Yelastic of the virgin material is derived
fcd 3
¼ g 3_ 3_ > 30 s1 ð15bÞ from the failure surface Yfail using the ratio of elastic tensile and
compressive stress over the respective ultimate strength (ft,el/ft and
1 fc,el/fc). For pressures below ft,el/3ft the elastic scaling function Felastic
3_ 0 ¼ 30  106 s1 ; a ¼ takes the value ft,el/ft. Above fc,el/3fc it is equal to fc,el/fc. Between
5 þ 34 fc
these bonds it is linearly interpolated with respect to the pressure.
log g ¼ 6a  0:492 The elastic surface is closed consistently with the porous equation

Fig. 6. Comparing simulated stress signals in block assembled (light colours) with monolithic target (strong colours). Comparison of lateral measurement in gauge positions 4 and 1.
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Fig. 7. Damage plots at 15 ms (scaling 0–0.1) and 80 ms (scaling 0–1.0). Comparison of assembled target (middle) and monolithic concrete block (right) shows good agreement.

of state (Eq. (11)) towards higher pressures involving pore com-

paction using a parabolic cap function Fcap (Eq. (17b)). The upper Yfail  Yelastic Gelastic
3eq ¼ (18b)
cap pressure po at which deviatoric stresses are reduced to zero 3G Gelastic  Gplastic
starts for the virgin material at pel. During continued compaction it
grows consistently with the current pore compaction pressure of Between the initial elastic surface and the ultimate failure sur-
the equation of state. The lower pressure pu for cap influence is fc/3. face hardening is described using Eqs. (18a,b). The loading surface
Fig. 2, right, illustrates the resulting elastic surface. Yhard is scaled between Yelastic and Yfail controlled by the equivalent
plastic strain. The plastic stiffness is specified by the input ratio
Yelastic ¼ Yfail Felastic Fcap Gelastic/(Gelastic  Gplastic).

8 2.3.4. Damage evolution and residual shear strength

> 1 for p  pu ¼ fc 3
< rffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi

When hardening states reach the ultimate strength of the con-
Fcap ¼ 1 ppu
for pu < p < po (17a,b) crete on the failure surface Yfail damage is accumulated during
> po pu
: further inelastic loading controlled by plastic strain. The model by
0 for p  po ¼ pel
Holmquist and Johnson [19] is taken as basis for the evolution law.
Eqs. (19) and (20) specify how the plastic increments are normal-
ized over the effective strain to failure 3pl,fail
eq . The effective strain to

Yhard ¼ Yelastic þ
Yfail  Yelastic (18a) failure is depending on the hydrostatic pressure p with the shape
pl;hard parameters D1, D2 and a lower limit efmin. Contrary to the original

Fig. 8. Influence of effective gauge size for measurement of lateral stress in position 4.
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Fig. 9. Damage initiation and associated wave structure in axial and lateral stress profiles (only rise shown). Right: derived dynamic strength data of from (simulated) longitudinal
and transverse stress measurements.

paper only deviatoric plastic increments contribute to the damage 200 mm by one cell size (Fig. 4, right, 80,000 cells) The whole target
evolution. Volumetric plastic increments only affect the equation of configuration is modeled as one domain.
state and the elastic cap function, a detail not described by Holm-
quist. The effect of damage is modeled as a loss in deviatoric 3.1. Comparison of assembled against monolithic concrete target
strength by interpolating as Eq. (21b) between the failure surface
Yfail and residual friction resistance surface Yfric (Eq. (21a)). This As a first predictive step, the described numerical modeling
surface can so far not be measured; this is one aim of the described approach is used to provide insight to the questions raised in
work. Until this is achieved the same pressure dependence as for Section 1.2 about the influence of the target block structure on
the intact limit surface is assumed (B ¼ A, m ¼ n). experimental measurements. Therefore, the ‘assembled’ simulation
configuration with explicit description of the epoxy adhesive layers
Z 3eq
1 p incremental
X eq by one cell layer of 200 mm is compared to one single monolithic
D ¼ d3eff ¼ (19) ‘block’ of concrete without adhesive. Fig. 6, left, shows the com-
3 pl;hard
eq 3pl;fail
eq ðpÞ pl;fail
3eq ðpÞ
parison of longitudinal stress signals in gauges 1–3 for both con-
figurations. The overall agreement is very good. Minor differences

D2 occur for times later than 15 ms after impact. The agreement in the
3eq p* ¼ D1 p*  HTL*  efmin (20) uniaxial compression and release phase is excellent.
Fig. 6, right, depicts the lateral stress calculations in gauge 4.

Again we note minor differences between both simulation config-
Yfric ¼ Bpm Ydamaged ¼ Yfail þ D Yfric  Yfail (21a,b) urations. For the one-dimensional compression and release phase
up to 15 m differences are negligible with a very small deviation of
the second stress step at about 80 MPa.
More important is the difference of measuring lateral stresses in
3. Analysis of impact tests positions 4 and 1. For the experimental analysis of concrete shear
strength, they shall be assumed congruent, as the distance from the
The analysis of stresses will focus on the first phase of com- impact phase is identical. However, simulations show that this
pressive loading under uniaxial strain. Therefore, the configuration assumption holds only for the rising of stresses and still for the peak
can be simplified as cylindrical symmetric, which allows very high values. Release is different, which is caused by the proximity of the
mesh resolutions in order to resolve the bonding layers with projectile edge and the resulting arrival of the lateral shear release
wave. Later on the impactor cylindrical collar is keeping up the
compressive stress at gauge 4 more than the flat U-bottom of
25 mm thickness at the level of gauge 1. Although still appropriate
for the analysis of pressure and peak values, gauge 4 is moved to-
wards the projectile centre line in an improved configuration [41].
Bourne et al. [3] measured differences in failure propagation in
glasses when joining two high precision plates to replace one
monolithical. The here described model predicts that concrete does
not show this behavior. Fig. 7, left column, compares damage pro-
files from the impact face into the concrete near the symmetry axis.
The early phase of uniaxial compression (upper line) shows no or
negligible influence in the damage propagation. It is worthwhile to
notice that calculated damage levels of 8.5–11% are very small at
this early stage. More deviations occur when later times are con-
sidered with various release waves and multiaxial stress and shear
states acting on the concrete material. Important deviations are
found when analyzing both damage patterns profiles at 80 ms
Fig. 10. Evaluation of wave speeds in elastic regime, at ultimate strength and damaged. (Fig. 7, lower line). Still, the overall damage pattern is similar: A
Slope for evaluation of strain rate of shock wave. large shear damage zone occurs close to the projectile edge.
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Fig. 11. Peak particle velocities and strain rates evaluated from stress signals compared to continuous signal from simulation.

Localized shear and bending cracks extend into the centre of the of lateral stress measurements in only one cell of 0.2 mm length
target. A distinct spallation plane is formed at 60–70 mm in the shows a two-wave structure separating at 100 MPa with a time delay
concrete target towards the rear surface. At stages later than 120 ms of about 0.5 ms for the following wave. This detail is lost when in-
the target is totally damaged and disrupted. creasing the gauge size Lgauge. The minimal resolvable time window
Summing up, the assembled concrete target with gauges be- can be approximated as the time tres ¼ Lgauge/cp,wave the wave front
tween precisely joined blocks using thin films of epoxy resin is very needs to travel across the gauge. For a gauge length of 6 mm and the
representative for the behavior of a monolithic target during one- compressive wave traveling with cP ¼ 2230 m/s (see Section 3.3)
dimensional compression and release. Careful consideration is wave features down to tres ¼ 2.7 ms can be resolved. This is not suf-
necessary when analyzing later stress states, especially combining ficient to resolve the small two-wave structure in Figs. 8 and 9.
longitudinal measurements on the symmetry axis and lateral
measurements off-axis (e.g. gauges 1 and 4). 3.3. Evaluation of dynamic strength, failure wave speed
and strain rate
3.2. Influence of gauge size
The procedure of evaluating experimental gauge signals is pre-
Resolving wave propagation details in concrete can be disturbed pared by numerical predictions. As all state variables are computed
from the following sources: in every cell, assumptions on measurements signals can be verified.
First the interpretation of the wave structures during arrival of the
– The heterogeneity of the sample causes internal reflections and compression wave (Figs. 6 and 9) is addressed. The elastic and
strain localizations during stress wave propagation. This plastic waves separate at 48 MPa stresses (I), but the second wave
problem has been numerically analyzed by Park et al. [29], structure (II) at 280 MPa longitudinal and 80 MPa lateral stress is of
Riedel et al. [32] and many other authors. particular interest. In Fig. 9 it is clearly associated with the onset of
– Large gauge sizes may be necessary to derive sufficiently ho- damage at the ultimate strength of the concrete.
mogenized state variables for unscaled concrete. This problem The stress state in terms of hydrostatic pressure and equivalent
is most significant when the gauge extends in the direction of (shear) stress can be evaluated from the longitudinal and trans-
the wave propagation as transverse gauge 4 in the present case. verse stress signals in Fig. 9, left, using Eqs. (1) and (2). The analysis
can be continuously applied across the different limits of elastic
The size influence of the gauge size is studied by averaging the loading (I), peak strength (II) and compression of damaged material
signal along 1–30 cells spread over 0.2–6 mm in Fig. 8. Local analysis (III). Plotting as equivalent stress versus hydrostatic pressure (Fig. 9,

Fig. 12. First experimental measurements of stress signals using mortar samples. Longitudinal stress signals indicated a failure wave in experiment ‘A’, left. Successful lateral
measurements in experiment ‘B’, right, allow strength analysis in Table 4.
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right) shows elastic loading and the beginning of hardening inside Table 4
the static failure surface. The peak stress at failure (II) lies outside Experimental concrete pressure and strength during impact

the static failure surface due to strain rate hardening. After onset of Position/time Longitudinal Lateral stress Pressure Equivalent
damage the material is further compressed along the dynamic yield stress (MPa) (MPa (MPa) stress (MPa)
surface of the damage material. The ultimate stress state (III) is 1, at ultimate strength 225 96,6 139 128
defined by impact velocities and impedances. 2, at ultimate strength (122) 49 (73) (73)
1, failed 487 133 251 354
The phase speeds of the different wave portions can be evalu-
2, failed (482) (65) (197) (397)
ated as in experimental practice: the arrival time and the loading
rate are deduced at the point of highest gradient of the wave por-
tion. Fig. 10 illustrates the derivation of the longitudinal elastic
wave speed (cp,elastic ¼ 4228 m/s), the wave speed of the intact Fig. 12, right, shows experimental measurements ‘B’ with two
material at ultimate strength (cp,intact ¼ 2567 m/s), the damaged lateral gauges numbered 4 and 5 at the offsets of the longitudinal
(cp,fail ¼ 2229 m/s) and the release wave speed (crel ¼ 2000 m/s), gauges 1 and 2, but closer to the impact centre. The longitudinal
calculated as cp¼(x2  x1)/(t2  t1). gauges show again the two-wave structure which we assign to the
The longitudinal stress in the damaged material can be read as onset of damage. The lateral gauges do not display distinctly this
637 MPa from the maximum plateau of gauge 1 in Fig. 10. Using the feature because of the effective gauge length of 6 mm along the
momentum Eq. (22a) the particle velocity can be derived to 140 m/s. impact direction (see Section 3.2 and Fig. 8). Nevertheless, the
Input into mass conservation (Eq. (22b)) results in a strain of 6.27% stress tensor can be evaluated in terms of pressure and equivalent
at ultimate compression. Comparing the peak particle velocity stress according to Eqs. (1) and (2). The derived values at ultimate
deduced from the stress signal to 140 m/s and the locally simulated strength (II) under a strain rate of 14,350/s and at maximum
particle velocities in the cells (Fig. 11, left, 131 m/s), we note compression (III) beyond the failure threshold with 23,100/s are
reasonable agreement with a 6.8% over prediction for the value given in Table 4. Larger measurement series of such strength
deduced as in an experiment. measurements at highest strain rates promise unique input data for
dynamic concrete models.
s u 3
up ¼ 3 ¼ p 3_ y (22a,b,c)
r0 cp cp trise
4. Conclusions
In experimental practice the strain rate will be derived by using
the rise time of the slope again at the steepest point (see inclined The present paper describes predictive numerical simulations
dashed lines in Fig. 10). In gauge 1 this rise time corresponds to 1.75 and first impact compression and shear stress measurements in
ms which leads to a strain rate of 3.58  104/s when using Eq. (22c). concrete materials. The experimental configuration is modeled in
The rate derived in gauge 2 is very similar with 2.85  104/s. a Lagrangian hydrocode together with equation of state and dy-
Comparison to local strain rate histories in the simulation cells namic strength descriptions for concrete developed earlier and
(Fig. 11, right) reveals very good agreement. Interestingly, the summarized in Section 2. The simulations predict that thoroughly
highest strain rates are simulated at the elastic–plastic transition assembled targets with integrated gauges are representative for
and near the end of damage evolution. monolithic concrete samples, especially during the loading phase of
a planar compression or shock wave. The numerical analysis fur-
3.4. First experimental results thermore supports derivation of stress wave and particle velocities,
strains and strain rates from time-resolved stress measurements.
Fig. 12, left, shows the experimental measurement ‘A’ of the Decreasing phase velocities for compression wave portions
configuration in Figs. 3 and 4. Mortar with a maximum grain size of above 200–300 MPa are observed both in simulations and first
4 mm and uniaxial compressive strength of 37.7 MPa is used as experiments. Based on the model, the slower wave portions can be
a starting point with the perspective to testing full scale concrete in clearly attributed to the onset of damage and thus the material
the 200 mm caliber test facility. Impact velocities were 193 m/s in strength at high strain rates of 25,000/s. It is experimentally con-
both experiments ‘A’ and ‘B’. firmed by first experiments on mortar, further justification and
The longitudinal stress signals of gauges 1–3 show all decreasing extension to unscaled concrete has to follow. For this purpose
phase velocities of stress wave portions above 210 MPa. This ob- guidelines for the gauge size influence are given by numerically
servation is very consistent with the simulations and is attributed analyzing highlighting to the rule of thumb tres ¼ Lgauge/cp,wave.
to different wave speeds across the failure front. The compression In the proposed configuration the triaxial strength is measured
wave properties before and after failure evaluated by Eq. (22) as at strain rates of 5000–15,000/s with hydrostatic pressures from 70
previously described are given in Table 3. Both measured and to 140 MPa and deviatoric stresses from 70 to 130 MPa. Higher
simulated values lie in the large scatter range of available experi- stresses may be reached by impact velocities exceeding 200 m/s in
ments in Fig. 1. The differences underline the importance of im- near future.
proved measurements and analysis at the minimum of wave speeds The technique can furthermore provide valuable data on the
at particle velocities between 30 and 300 m/s behind the failure yield surface of damaged concrete at strain rates of about 25,000/s.
wave. This is currently a major lack for dynamic concrete models in
hydrocodes. Signal predictions and first measurements analyze the
damaged strength surface up to 250 MPa of hydrostatic and
Table 3
400 MPa equivalent stress at a strain rates of 3  104/s. Further
Compression wave properties, derived from experiments A and B using Eq. (22) on
gauge signals 1 and 2 measurements with more data, detailed evaluation and transition
to full scale concrete are very promising perspectives.
Experiment/time Wave velocity Particle Comp. Strain
cP (m/s) velocity up (m/s) strain (–) rate (1/s)
A, at ultimate strength 3623 26.1 0.00719 5490 Acknowledgements
B, at ultimate strength 2810 37.1 0.0132 14,350
A, damaged 1730 153 0.0888 28,500 The described work results from cooperation of Tokyo Institute
B, damage 1610 140 0.0865 23,100
of Technology, Materials and Structures Laboratory and the Ernst-
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