# Standard ASTM C1609_C1609M-06

1.1 This test method evaluates the flexural performance of fiber-reinforced concrete using parameters derived from the load-deflection curve obtained by testing a simply supported beam under third-point loading using a closed-loop, servo-controlled testing system.

1.2 This test method provides for the determination of first-peak and peak loads and the corresponding stresses calculated by inserting them in the formula for modulus of rupture given in Eqn. 1. It also requires determination of residual loads at specified deflections, and the corresponding residual strengths calculated by inserting them in the formula for modulus of rupture given in Eqn. 1 (see Note 1). At the option of the specifier of tests, it provides for determination of specimen toughness based on the area under the load-deflection curve up to a prescribed deflection (see Note 1).

Note 1Residual strength is not a true stress but an engineering stress computed using simple engineering bending theory for linear elastic materials and gross (uncracke

d) section properties.

Specimen toughness expressed in terms of the area under the load-deflection curve is an indication of the energy absorption capability of the particular test specimen, and its magnitude depends directly on the geometry of the test specimen and the loading configuration.

1.3 This test method utilizes two preferred specimen sizes of 100 by 100 by 350 mm (4 by 4 by 14 in.) tested on a 300 mm (12 in.) span, or 150 by 150 by 500 mm (6 by 6 by 20 in.) tested on a 450 mm (18 in.) span. A specimen size different from the two preferred specimen sizes is permissible.

1.4 Units The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.