One of this spring´s MSc projects is «Projectile impact on plain and reinforced concrete slabs».
The truck pulled up by the concrete lab early one morning and dumped the grey mass into forms and wheelbarrows. As you can see in this time-lapse video*, it kept students and staff very busy getting the moulding done.
Andria Antoniou was to leave Grenoble to start working as a postdoc at SFI CASA on 16 March, but Covid-19 locked her up in France.
If SFI CASA´s partners were asked to make a wish-list, some of them might put a validated material model for concrete on top.
Guri Lillehaug and Marte Vestermo Nesje study «Combined impact and blast loading on concrete plates».
While SFI CASA’s shock tube is a valuable tool for investigating plated structures subjected to blast-like loading, nothing beats actual field tests using live explosives.