Journal of Testing and Evaluation
Several researchers have recently employed the Charpy method to characterize the high strain rate mechanical strength of cementitious composites. This paper provides a critical review of existing applications of the Charpy method for impact testing of cementitious composites. Studies have employed various specimen sizes and geometries. Additionally, some studies have tested notched specimens while others have tested plain. Furthermore, varying methods of normalization result in results reported in a variety of incompatible units. The lack of consistency between studies limits the basis for comparison and the ability to validate results, which demonstrates a clear need for a standardized method for Charpy impact testing of cementitious composites. The authors recommend best practices based on sound mechanical principles and existing literature. Finally, the benefits and drawbacks of the Charpy method are discussed and its efficacy is compared with other prevalent methods for impact testing of cementitious composites.
R. Thomas and A. Sorensen, "Charpy Impact Test Methods for Cementitious Composites: Review and Commentary," Journal of Testing and Evaluation 46, no. 6 (2018): 2422-2430. https://doi.org/10.1520/JTE20170057