Applications of Fracture Mechanics to Cementitious Materials

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Title: Applications of Fracture Mechanics to Cementitious Materials

Author(s): Victor E. Saouma

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 300

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Appears on pages(s): 1-28

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Date: 3/11/2015

Abstract:
It has been well over thirty years since Hillerborg and Bazant presented their landmark papers (cohesive crack and size effect models respectively), and thirty years since the author submitted his Ph.D. dissertation on the application of fracture mechanics to concrete, (Saouma, 1980). Yet, since then, the practical applications of fracture mechanics to concrete structures have been few and far in between. In this paper, the author shares his experience in trying to apply fracture mechanics not only to concrete structures, but also to other \neighboring" materials such as polymers and ceramics, and he argues for improved collaboration with adjacent disciplines. The underpinnings (experimental, computational) of reported applications will be briefly highlighted. Finally, the paper concludes with a personal assessment of the current of state in the application of fracture mechanics to concrete structures and venture in some recommendations.