Shear bond behavior of composite slabs with ultra-lightweight cementitious composite

Kazi M.A. Sohel*, J. Y.Richard Liew, Ali Issa Fares

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This study investigates the structural behavior and shear bond strength of composite slabs composed of profiled steel deck and ultra-lightweight cementitious composite (ULCC). ULCC topping with a density of about 1440 kg/m3 was used to reduce the dead weight of the composite slabs. An experimental investigation was carried out to determine the shear bond characteristics between the profiled steel sheet and the ULCC. Eight composite slabs of different shear spans were tested in accordance with EN 1994-1-1:2004, in which six slabs contained ULCC and the remaining two slabs contained normal weight concrete (NWC) to serve as a benchmark for comparison. The shear bond behavior of the ULCC composite slabs was compared to that of the NWC slabs using two sets of slabs with short and long shear span lengths. The composite slabs with ULCC topping showed higher ductile behavior and load-carrying capacity than the composite slabs with NWC topping. The shear bond properties of the composite slab with ULCC were determined using the semi-empirical m−k method and the partial shear connection method (PSC) according to EN 1994-1-1:2004. For comparison purposes, the shear bond properties of NWC composite slabs were determined. ULCC was found to provide equivalent shear bond strength with profiled steel sheet compared to the conventional composite slab with NWC. Therefore, ULCC can be used effectively in composite slabs with a greater reduction in self-weight.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103284
JournalJournal of Building Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Composite floor
  • Lightweight concrete
  • Longitudinal shear strength
  • Profiled metal deck
  • Steel-concrete composite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanics of Materials


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