Numerical Simulation of the Load Transfer Mechanism at UHPC–UHPC Interface

  • Ali Semendary (University of Manitoba)
  • Dagmar Svecova (University of Manitoba)


Ultrahigh performance concrete (UHPC) has been used in a different range of applications, especially in bridge construction, due to its outstanding mechanical properties, ductility, and long-term durability. There has been a rapid increase in the use of precast UHPC systems. The weakest link in the UHPC precast system is the interface between the precast UHPC components. The interfacial bond performance between UHPCs cast at different times plays a key role to ensure a load transfer and to achieve a composite behaviour. It has been experimentally proven that the exposed fibers using pressure washing or grooved surface preparations are an effective method to treat the UHPCUHPC interface, but the numerical simulation and appropriate modeling remain under-investigated. This study focuses on the numerical simulation of the interfacial bond strength using finite element modeling (FEM). The traction-separation relationship with parameters derived from an experimental program were used to calibrate and validate the FE model. The model used information obtained from specimens tested under tensile, shear, and a combination of compression-shear stresses. This paper discusses the modeling of the interface between UHPC cast at different times to accurately simulate the failure mode and load transfer at the interface.

Keywords: bond, FE model, traction-separation, interface, adhesion/cohesion, load transfer

How to Cite:

Semendary, A. & Svecova, D., (2023) “Numerical Simulation of the Load Transfer Mechanism at UHPC–UHPC Interface”, International Interactive Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete 3(1): 1. doi:

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Published on
04 Jun 2023
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