DYMAT 2009
Volume 2, 2009
DYMAT 2009 - 9th International Conference on the Mechanical and Physical Behaviour of Materials under Dynamic Loading
Page(s) 1359 - 1365
Section Constitutive Modeling
Published online 15 September 2009
DYMAT 2009 (2009) 1359-1365
DOI: 10.1051/dymat/2009192

Dynamic tensile behavior of Neapolitan Yellow Tuff

D. Asprone1, E. Cadoni2, A. Prota1 and G. Manfredi1

1  Department of Structural Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy
2  University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland

Published online: 15 September 2009


Nowadays structural assessment of critical infrastructures cannot be conducted without considering high dynamic loads, which could be due to natural causes, like strong earthquakes, or man-made causes, like blast or impacts. Historical buildings represent surely critical structures, widely present in our cities and the behavior of constituent materials under high dynamic loads is absolutely fundamental to investigate the vulnerability of such structures under extreme events.

The main objective of the presented activities is then to study the effect of high dynamic loads on Neapolitan yellow tuff, a Mediterranean natural stone, which is present in hundreds of historical monuments in Naples and other European cities. A dynamic characterization was performed, through high strain-rate failure tensile tests. A wide range of strain-rates was investigated, from 10−5 s−1 to 50 s−1. The results were processed to obtain stress-strain relationships at different strain-rate levels; moreover Dynamic Increase Factors (DIFs) – strain-rate curves for tensile failure stress were also evaluated.

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