Static and dynamic performance of different concrete mixtures for the protection of aircraft shelters

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Civil Engineering, Military Technical College, Cairo, Egypt.

2 Department of Civil Engineering, Military Technical College, Cairo, Egypt., Director of the Military Technical College, Cairo, Egypt.



Concrete is the most significant construction material in the world. However, extreme static and dynamic loads placed on infrastructure in recent decades have led to structurally catastrophic disasters. In addition, recent weapons can significantly impact the safety of humans and infrastructures. Newly developed concrete shields are designed to protect against severe loading conditions such as impact loads. Therefore, due to the rapid progress in weapons production, such as projectiles and bombs, there is a critical need to protect aviation buildings and aircraft shelters from such destructive impacts. In this study, the static and dynamic performance of concrete shields produced by nationally available magnetite, hematite, graphite, steel fibers, and steel mesh constituents were evaluated. Test results showed that implementing graphite, hematite, and magnetite powder in concrete shelters’ production slightly decreased the static behaviour of produced mixtures. On the other hand, superior impact resistance was achieved by incorporating steel fibers and steel mesh in aircraft concrete shields.


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