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Assessment of the toughness of fibre-reinforced concrete using the R-curve approach

  • Stefie J Stephen
  • Ravindra Gettu
  • Luiz Eduardo Teixeira Ferreira
  • Sujatha Jose


The fracture response of brittle materials like concrete can be characterised using modified linear elastic fracture mechanics models, such as the rising resistance curve (R-curve). In this study, the R-curve, determined by utilising the experimental response in the notched beam test with mode I fracture, is proposed as a measure of the toughness of fibre-reinforced concretes (FRCs). The unambiguity of the R-curve obtained is assessed by comparing the predicted flexural response of specimens of different geometries with experimental data. The variation in the R-curves with the dosage of steel and polymer fibres is also discussed.


R-curve linear elastic fracture mechanics mode I fracture notched beam test flexural toughness fibre-reinforced concrete 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefie J Stephen
    • 1
  • Ravindra Gettu
    • 1
  • Luiz Eduardo Teixeira Ferreira
    • 2
  • Sujatha Jose
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of EngineeringFederal University of LavrasLavrasBrazil

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