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Shear behaviour of reinforced palm kernel shell concrete beams
Construction and Building Materials (2011)
  • Hilmi Mahmud, University of Malaya

The shear behaviour of palm kernel shell concrete (PKSC) beams prepared using palm kernel shell (PKS) as lightweight aggregate (LWA) is reported here. The shear strength of grade 30 PKSC with a density of 1850 kg/m(3) was found 24% higher than the corresponding normal weight concrete (NWC). Good aggregate interlock in PKSC was evident as it produced shorter jagged cracks compared to longer plain cracks of NWC. Further, PKSC was able to produce twice as many flexural and shear cracks compared to NWC. Tension stiffening between the tensile cracks of PKSC enhanced flexural rigidity and dowel action. The non-linear numerical analysis predicted the shear strength within an average 20% of the experimental results. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • palm kernel shell,
  • lightweight aggregate,
  • mechanical properties,
  • aggregate interlock,
  • shear strength,
  • lightweight aggregate,
  • strength.
Publication Date
June 1, 2011
Citation Information
Hilmi Mahmud. "Shear behaviour of reinforced palm kernel shell concrete beams" Construction and Building Materials Vol. 25 Iss. 6 (2011)
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