Application of Fracture Mechanics to Cementitious Composites

  • S. P. Shah

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 94)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Advances in Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. S. Kobayashi, N. M. Hawkins, D. B. Barker, B. M. Liaw
      Pages 25-50
    3. R. Ballarini, S. P. Shah, L. M. Keer
      Pages 51-83
  3. Fracture Processes in Cement Composites: Experimental Observations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Sidney Diamond, Arnon Bentur
      Pages 87-140
    3. Dominique Francois
      Pages 141-156
    4. A J Majumdar, P L Walton
      Pages 157-185
    5. L. Cedolin
      Pages 187-193
  4. Numerical Modeling of Fracture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Zdeněk P. Bažant, Jin-Keun Kim, Phillip Pfeiffer
      Pages 197-246
    3. Anthony R. Ingraffea, Walter H. Gerstle
      Pages 247-285
  5. Experimental Methods of Determining Fracture Parameters

  6. Damage and Continuum Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 451-451
    2. L. Seaman, J. Gran, D. R. Curran
      Pages 481-505
    3. Mark Kachanov
      Pages 521-531
  7. Strain-Rate and Dynamic Effects on Crack Propagation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 533-533
    2. Robert L. Sierakowski
      Pages 535-557
  8. Stress-Corrosion, Time and Temperature Effects on Fracture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 591-591
  9. Implications for Concrete Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 637-637
    2. T. P. Tassios
      Pages 681-694
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 695-714

About this book


Portland cement concrete is a relatively brittle material. As a result, mechanical behavior of concrete, conventionally reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and fiber reinforced concrete is critically influenced by crack propagation. It is, thus, not surprising that attempts are being made to apply the concepts of fracture mechanics to quantify the resistance to cracking in cementious composites. The field of fracture mechanics originated in the 1920's with A. A. Griffith's work on fracture of brittle materials such as glass. Its most significant applications, however, have been for controlling brittle fracture and fatigue failure of metallic structures such as pressure vessels, airplanes, ships and pipe­ lines. Considerable development has occurred in the last twenty years in modifying Griffith's ideas or in proposing new concepts to account for the ductility typical of metals. As a result of these efforts, standard testing techniques have been available to obtain fracture parameters for metals, and design based on these parameters are included in relevant specifications. Many attempts have been made, in the last two decades or so, to apply the fracture mechanics concepts to cement, mortar, con­ crete and reinforced concrete. So far, these attempts have not led to a unique set of material parameters which can quantify the resistance of these cementitious composites to fracture. No standard testing methods and a generally accepted theoretical analysis are established for concrete as they are for metals.


cement composite concrete corrosion damage fracture fracture mechanics modeling stability

Editors and affiliations

  • S. P. Shah
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8764-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5121-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-132X
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