Size effect on fracture energy induced by non-locality

Jirásek, M., Rolshoven, S. and Grassl, P. (2004) Size effect on fracture energy induced by non-locality. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 28(7-8), pp. 653-670. (doi: 10.1002/nag.364)

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Experimental results available in the literature indicate that the nominal fracture energy of concrete (defined as total work of fracture divided by the ligament area) depends on the size of the specimen. Theoretical modelling of the size effect on nominal fracture energy based on a non-local constitutive model is attempted in this paper. The influence of various details of the integral-type non-local formulation, e.g. of the specific form of non-local averaging in the vicinity of a physical boundary, is studied and a physical explanation is provided. The numerical results are compared to experimental data for notched compact tension specimens, and conclusions are drawn for individual formulations. It is shown that the best agreement with experimentally observed trends is achieved if the notch is modelled as a layer of completely damaged material. Fitting of the size effects on both strength and fracture energy permits a unique identification of the model parameters.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Grassl, Dr Peter
Authors: Jirásek, M., Rolshoven, S., and Grassl, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1096-9853

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