3D lattice meso-scale modelling of the effect of lateral compression on tensile fracture processes in concrete

Grassl, P. (2023) 3D lattice meso-scale modelling of the effect of lateral compression on tensile fracture processes in concrete. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 262-63, 112086. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2022.112086)

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The effect of lateral compressive stresses on the cracking process in tension is rarely considered in fracture models for quasi-brittle materials such as concrete. In this study, this effect is investigated by means of a meso-scale lattice approach in which a damage-plasticity constitutive model is combined with an auto-correlated random field of strength and fracture energy. In the first part of the analyses, the lattice approach is compared with experimental results in tension and compression, which shows a good agreement between simulations and experiments. Then, cells with periodic lattices and periodic boundary conditions are loaded in two steps. Firstly, compression is applied. Next, the cell is extended in the lateral direction while keeping the compressive stress constant. It is shown that with increasing compressive stress applied, the post-peak energy dissipation in tension increases. Postprocessing of the results of the analyses reveals that this increase is due to greater frictional energy dissipation and greater number of cracks than for pure tension.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Grassl, Dr Peter
Authors: Grassl, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:International Journal of Solids and Structures
ISSN (Online):1879-2146
Published Online:10 December 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Solids and Structures 262-263: 112086
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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