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Title: A fracture mechanics-based method for prediction of cracking of circular and elliptical concrete rings under restrained shrinkage
Authors: Dong, W
Zhou, X
Wu, Z
Keywords: Brittle fracture;Concrete;Crack initiation;Environmental cracking;R-curves;Residual stresses;Stress intensity factor;Test standards
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 131, pp. 687-701, (2014)
Abstract: A new experimental method, utilizing elliptical ring specimens, is developed for assessing the likelihood of cracking and cracking age of concrete subject to restrained shrinkage. To investigate the mechanism of this new ring test, a fracture mechanics-based numerical approach is proposed to predict crack initiation in restrained concrete rings by using the R-curve method. It has been found that numerical results accord well with experimental results in terms of cracking ages for both circular and elliptical concrete rings, indicating that the proposed fracture mechanics-based numerical approach is reliable for analyzing cracking in concrete ring specimens subject to restrained condition.
ISSN: 1873-7315
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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