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

Murthy, Ramachandra A and Karihaloo, BL and Iyer, Nagesh R and Prasad, Raghu BK (2013) Determination of size-independent specific fracture energy of concrete mixes by two methods. In: CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH, 50 . pp. 19-25.

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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 (G(f)) in order to obtain a size-independent value (G(F)). 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 G(f) measured by the RILEM method is corrected following either of these two methods, the resulting specific fracture energy G(F) 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. (c) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier Science
Keywords: Toughness;Fiber reinforcement;High-performance concrete;Boundary effect
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2013 06:34
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2013 06:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46937

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