Ms. S. Norhafilah Haji Aji

Room: 0G.312B

David Keir Building,

Queen’s University Belfast                                                                                                      



The development and optimization of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) in Thin Elements

Supervisors: Professor Marios Soutsos, Professor Jian Fei Chen and Dr Desmond Robinson

Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) is a new material in the construction field due to the presents of pseudo strain hardening and strain softening. It is known that the mechanical properties of this type of concrete are superior compared to that of ordinary reinforced concrete. UHPFRC has high strength in both tension and compression compared to normal concrete. The compressive strength of UHPFRC is between 150 to 250 MPa, where in normal concrete the compressive strength is between 30 and 50 MPa. UHPFRC also has higher energy absorption in the post crack region which then makes it an efficient protective material for new structures. Other than high strength, UHPFRC has higher fracture energy, when compared to normal concrete. The fracture energy of light weight concrete is around 110 J/m2, while that of UHPFRC is in between 15,000 and 40,000 J/m2.

This research project will investigate characteristics and its properties together with the applications. The main aim of the project is to develop the use of Ultra High Strength Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) in thin elements particularly in access floor tiles. The emphasis will be given on the development of the tiles with high strength but with a low weight of approximately less than 20kg. The study will also include the size effect of structurally sized members with UHPFRC materials. The research project will comprise the modelling of UHPFRC prisms and tiles to understand more of the structural behaviour of the material.



Masters of Engineering (MEng) Hons in Civil Engineering- Queen’s University Belfast

Year: 2010 – 2012


Research Interests

Ultra high performance concrete, fracture mechanics, FE modeling,  

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