Modelling method of fibre distribution in steel fibre reinforced concrete based on X-ray image recognition

Yue Li, Xin Ruan*, Mitsuyoshi Akiyama, Mingyang Zhang, Jiyu Xin, Sopokhem Lim

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The accurate and efficient simulation of steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) is of great significance for its further application in civil engineering. Problems of existing modelling methods can be recognized as two points; (1) the integral model only simplified fibre contribution into the unified post-peak ductility in concrete element but cannot reflect the material variation caused by real fibre distribution, and (2) the separate model built the concrete matrix and fibre inclusions respectively, but the directly random fibre distributions still need to be refined based on the actual material. In this paper, based on the X-ray image recognition results from real SFRC material, a mathematical model of fibre distribution and orientation is proposed for SFRC simulation, and the detailed value distributions of geometrical parameters are optimized for convenience and accuracy of material modelling. In the geometrical extraction of near 4000 fibres from X-ray images, the whole comprehensive procedure of image processing, enhancement and recognition is presented with technologies like pixel semantic classification and Hough transform. With the proposed geometrical mathematical model, the modelling method that consists of multiple refined sampling is illustrated with mechanical applications. After the model verification by experimental comparison, the detailed contribution of steel fibre and the effect of fibre distribution refinement are discussed as well.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109124
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct 15


  • Image recognition
  • Modelling method
  • Steel fibre reinforced concrete
  • X-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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