International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 172, Issue 2, pp 193–200 | Cite as

An Experimental Study On Damage Evolution of Unfired Dry Earth Under Compression

  • Stefano Lenci
  • Quintilio Piattoni
  • Francesco Clementi
  • Tomasz Sadowski
Letters in Fracture and Micromechanics


The damage behaviour of unfired dry earth is determined experimentally under compression by means of loading-unloading cyclic tests. The scalar damage parameter is determined and its evolution law is related to the applied strain - \({d (\varepsilon)}\) . Interpolating functions are determined, permitting to estimate how the damage depends on the deformation process of the considered material. Different aspect-ratios of the specimens are considered.


Earth blocks Compressive strength Damage Softening behaviour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Lenci
    • 1
  • Quintilio Piattoni
    • 1
  • Francesco Clementi
    • 1
  • Tomasz Sadowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Buildings and StructuresPolytechnic University of MarcheAnconaItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of Civil and Sanitary EngineeringLublin University of TechnologyLublinPoland

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