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Micromechanical Damage Model for Plain Concrete Considering Propagation of Matrix Microcracks

Dutta, Sudakshina and Kishen, JM Chandra (2019) Micromechanical Damage Model for Plain Concrete Considering Propagation of Matrix Microcracks. In: PHYSICAL MESOMECHANICS, 22 (2). pp. 96-106.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1134/S1029959919020024


Based on the tenets of continuum micromechanics, a damage model is developed in the present work to investigate the effect of microcracking on the constitutive relations of cement based materials such as concrete. The model considers concrete as a two phase particulate composite consisting of coarse aggregates and mortar matrix. The microcracks are assumed to be present in the matrix material. Making use of Eshelby's solution for equivalent inclusion, the stress and strain fields are evaluated at the mesoscale. A two step homogenization scheme is adopted to obtain the effective response of the composite. The crack density parameter is used as a damage variable in the formulation. Strain energy release rate, obtained from the micromechanical analysis, is used as the criterion for describing the propagation of microcracks. The effect of various mesoscopic parameters, such as aggregate content, elastic properties of the phases, microcrack density and fracture resistance of the matrix, on the overall behavior of concrete is demonstrated through a parametric study.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to SPRINGER.
Keywords: microcracks; micromechanics; homogenization; inclusion; matrix
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: LIS Interns
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 13:15
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 13:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/62701

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