Vertex Effect and Confinement of Fracturing Concrete Via Microplane Model M4


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Title: Vertex Effect and Confinement of Fracturing Concrete Via Microplane Model M4

Author(s): Z. P. Bazant, F. C. Caner, and J. Cervenka

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 206


Appears on pages(s): 487-500

Keywords: stiffness, strain, uniaxial stress, vertex effect

Date: 4/1/2002

A newly developed powerful version of microplane model, labeled model M4, is exploited to study two basic phenomena in fracturing concrete:(a) The vertex effect, I.e., the tangential stiffness for loading increments to the side of a previous radial loading path in the stress space, and (b) the effect of confinement by a steel tube or a spiral on the suppression of softening rsponse of columns. In the former problem, the microplane model is used to simulate the torsional response of concrete cylinders after uniaxial compression preloading to the peak compression load or to a post peak softening state. Comparisons with new tests carried out at Northwestern University show the microplane model to predict the initial torsional stiffness very closely, while the classical tensorial models with invariants overpredict this stiffness several times (in plasticity of metals, this phenomenon is called the vertex effect because its tensorial modeling requires the yield surface to have a vertex or corner at the current state point of the stress space). In the latter problem, microplane model simulations of the so called tube squash tests are presented and analyzed. In these tests, recently performed at Northwestern University, steel tubes of different thicknesses filled by concretre are squashed to about half of their initial length and very large strains with shear angles up to about 70 degrees are achieved. The tests and their simulations show that in order to prevent softening and thus brittle failure and size effect, the cross section of th etube must be at least 16% of the total cross section area, and the volume of the spiral must be at least 14% of the volume of the column. When these conditions are not met, which comprises the typical contemporary designs, one must expect localization of damage and size effect to take place.