Strength And Durability Of Concrete Subjected To High Temperature: Continuous And Discrete Constitutive Approaches

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Title: Strength And Durability Of Concrete Subjected To High Temperature: Continuous And Discrete Constitutive Approaches

Author(s): Guillermo Etse; Marianela Ripani; Antonio Caggiano and Diego Said Schicchi

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 305

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 9.1-9.18

Keywords: Concrete, Coupled Thermo-Mechanical Loads, Fracture-Based Interface, Gradient Plasticity, High Temperatures, Mesoscale, Sustainability, Thermal Damage, Thermodynamic Consistency

Date: 9/1/2015

Abstract:
The action of high temperature in concrete is a field of much interest and attention due to its strong influence in strength, durability and serviceability conditions. Long-term exposures to high temperature fields strongly affect the most relevant mechanical properties of concrete materials such as cohesion, friction, stiffness and strength. In this work, two alternatives approaches for the analysis of failure behavior of concrete subjected to high temperatures are discussed and their predictions analyzed. Specifically, a thermodynamic gradient poro-plastic model based on the continuous or smeared-crack approach and an interface model based on the discrete crack approach are developed. After describing the main aspects of both models, this work focuses on the analysis of their results in terms of the degradation of concrete durability and strength capacities when subjected to severe thermal fields. The results demonstrate the comparative advantages of the discrete approach to analyze at both the macroscopic and mesoscopic scale the complex degradation processes of concrete constituents at high temperature, thanks to the robustness, stability and overall simplicity of the discrete model approach. Furthermore, the results show the capabilities of the continuous model to analyze the durability degradation of concrete at material level.