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Determination of size-independent specific fracture energy of concrete mixes by two methods

Ramachandra Murthy, A., Karihaloo, Bhushan Lal, Iyer, Nagesh R. and Raghu Prasad, B. K. 2013. Determination of size-independent specific fracture energy of concrete mixes by two methods. Cement and Concrete Research 50 , pp. 19-25. 10.1016/j.cemconres.2013.03.015

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The RILEM work-of-fracture method for measuring the specific fracture energy of concrete from notched three-point bend specimens is still the most common method used throughout the world, despite the fact that the specific fracture energy so measured is known to vary with the size and shape of the test specimen. The reasons for this variation have also been known for nearly two decades, and two methods have been proposed in the literature to correct the measured size-dependent specific fracture energy (Gf) in order to obtain a size-independent value (GF). It has also been proved recently, on the basis of a limited set of results on a single concrete mix with a compressive strength of 37 MPa, that when the size-dependent Gf measured by the RILEM method is corrected following either of these two methods, the resulting specific fracture energy GF is very nearly the same and independent of the size of the specimen. In this paper, we will provide further evidence in support of this important conclusion using extensive independent test results of three different concrete mixes ranging in compressive strength from 57 to 122 MPa.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Toughness (C); Fiber reinforcement (E); High-performance concrete (E); Boundary effect (C)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0008-8846
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:26

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