High speed photography technique for measuring impact strength of porous concrete

Ayda Safak Agar Ozbek*, Jaap Weerheijm, Klaas van Breugel

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this study, an impact strength measurement method based on high speed photography, that has been developed for testing porous concrete, was introduced. In the experiments, a drop weight impact test set-up instrumented with a high speed camera was used. The impact strength analyses were conducted using impedance mismatch method, where the wave reverberations were investigated in detail. The measurement configuration carries the advantage of being a fast, non-contact and accurate experimental method where only the known material properties and particle velocity data of the drop weight are required. The target cementitious material itself is not actually involved in the measurements or the subsequent analyses. The method also facilitates the observation of the crack patterns throughout the experiment. The measurement method was verified to be accurate and consistent by testing different types of porous concretes and by comparing the results with those from other dynamic monitoring techniques, such as laser Doppler velocimetry and direct stress gauge measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1092-1104
Number of pages13
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2018

Bibliographical note

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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd


The research presented in this study has been conducted at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences and supported by the Nederlandse Defensie Academie and TNO . Authors would also like to thank the Engineering Dynamics Group (Faculty of Mechanical, Materials and Maritime Engineering) for the high speed photography equipment.

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Nederlandse Defensie Academie


    • Drop weight
    • High speed photography
    • Impact
    • Impedance mismatch
    • Porous concrete


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