Concrete is the most commonly used construction material in the world. It is used for buildings, factories, civil engineering structures and so on, and is favored for its undeniable durability and strength. It is currently subject to various threats (industrial accidents, acts of terrorism, …), but its behavior under dynamic conditions still remains relatively unknown.
Knowing how to predict the behavior of concrete during a crash or explosion, or extrapolating the effects of the debris it creates are factors to be considered for upstream optimization of infrastructure strength and for guaranteeing the safety of populations.
This is why Thiot Ingénierie offers our customers comprehensive expertise in concrete dynamics. Our strength lies in a permanent combination of tests and simulations:
- A test laboratory to characterize and test dynamic concrete behavior: gas guns and Jupiter, a dynamic press boasting unique performance, able to apply a load of 0 to 200 metric tons in 3 ms.
- A numerical simulation unit to extrapolate the behavior of concrete structures subject to shock (explosions, blasts, crashes, perforation, etc.), based on well-established, coherent characterization protocols regarding the granular aspect of these materials.