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When fibers work as the shear reinforcement of beams, they are an efficient substitute of conventional stirrups by providing a diffuse reinforcement, delaying the failure mechanism and making it feasible to change the failure from brittle to ductile . When the shear loads cause cracking, the resisting mechanisms are ensured by the concrete matrix, aggregate interlock, fiber pull-out and dowel effect of flexural tensile reinforcement (structural elements failing in shear always have conventional flexural reinforcement) . During the cracking process, normal and shear stresses are transferred from one side to the opposite side of the crack, while two kinematic phenomena occur: crack opening, also known as crack width, and the sliding of the contact areas, also known as slip or overriding . Throughout this process, the matrix suffers from permanent deformation due to high contact stresses. On the condition that the strength of the cement paste of the matrix is lower than the aggregate resistance, as occurs in a conventional-strength concrete, the crack path can propagate around the aggregates. Conversely, the crack path can cross through the aggregates in high strength. On the other hand, the aggregate interlock is considered the main support factor of the shear transfer mechanism. It was found that when the crack width exceeds half the maximum dimension of aggregates, the aggregate interlock resisting mechanism decreases pronouncedly . Moreover, the fibers play a subordinate role by limiting both the crack opening and sliding, which ends when they are fully pulled out or ruptured [21,23]. The flexural and shear stiffness of the fibers are disregarded due to their relatively small cross-section .
The distribution and orientation of fibers are highly influenced by the flow conditions of fresh concrete; fibers have the tendency to align orthogonally to the flow direction . Hence, their contribution to the shear mechanical strength varies depending on the number of fibers crossing a determinate cross-section and the angle they form with an orthogonal axis to the cracked surface . Khanlou et al.  experimentally verified that the maximum shear capacity increases with the concrete strength and, mainly, with the fiber volume. In addition, empirical and semiempirical equations based on compressive strength and fiber volume were proposed to calculate the shear strength of a fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) [26,27,28,29,30]. However, the validity of these equations is mostly restricted to the database from which they were calibrated. Subsequently, theoretical models were also proposed [21,23,30], combining the formulations that simulate the aggregate interlock resisting mechanisms [22,31,32] with those modeling the fiber pull-out resisting mechanisms and fiber orientation [33,34,35].
Various experimental setups have been employed to determine the shear behavior of PC, RC and FRC; however, the difficulty of achieving pure shear in the cracking plane is a common characteristic. Overall, all these tests are more demanding in instrumentation in comparison with compression and bending cases, which are common for material characterization. Three setups were found to be the most utilized: the Z-type push-off test initially conceived for PC and RC , the modified JSCE-G 553 Japanese test  and the FIP four-point load test . Tests for assessing the influence of rebars crossing the failure plane on the shear resisting mechanics due to the arrestment of the relative movement of crack faces have been carried out [39,40,41], where the confinement provided by stresses applied in the direction orthogonal to the crack plane was also considered . In some studies, specimens were previously cracked  to assess the influence of a certain relative pre-movement of the faces of the shear failure crack on the shear resisting mechanisms.
Mechanical results of 6W specimens: (a) shear stress vs. crack width; (b) flexural tensile stress vs. CMOD; (c) shear stress vs. slip; (d) crack width vs. slip.
Mechanical results of 8W specimens: (a) shear stress vs. crack width; (b) flexural tensile stress vs. CMOD; (c) shear stress vs. slip; (d) crack width vs. slip.
Mechanical results of 6R and 8R specimens: (a) shear stress vs. crack width; (b) flexural tensile stress vs. CMOD; (c) shear stress vs. slip; (d) crack width vs. slip.
Mechanical results of 9TF-12TF specimens of the transverse direction: (a) shear stress vs. crack width; (b) flexural tensile stress vs. CMOD; (c) shear stress vs. slip; (d) crack width vs. slip.
Mechanical results of 9TF-12TF specimens of the longitudinal direction: (a) shear stress vs. crack width; (b) flexural tensile stress vs. CMOD; (c) shear stress vs. slip; (d) crack width vs. slip.
Mechanical results of 9R and 12R specimens: (a) shear stress vs. crack width; (b) flexural tensile stress vs. CMOD; (c) shear stress vs. slip; (d) crack width vs. slip.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced the PlayStation 3 Slim, a smaller and lighter model of the console and a release date of 1 September 2009. Firmware 3.0 for the PlayStation 3 was also announced, adding new features to the PlayStation Network. Sony announced that the European Video Store would launch in November 2009. Sony also announced that the PlayStation Portable would get smaller games (under 100mb) in the form of 'minis' and that comics would also be available to download in December 2009. A "free game" registration promotion was announced for the PSP Go.
Microsoft Game Studios announced Fable III, along with a release date of 2010. Also, Microsoft announced their intention to release Fable II on the Xbox Live Marketplace in five episodes, the first of which will be free to download.
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