Effect of Notch/Depth Ratio on Fracture Behavior of Plain Concrete

An experimental investigation on the influence of pre-crack depth, maximum aggregate and specimen size on the fracture behavior of concrete is presented in this paper. Over 200 specimens were tested in the quasi-static cyclic mode of testing. Four different sizes of wedge-splitting concrete specimens were prepared with dimensions varying from (width x total depth x thickness) 210 x 210 x 25 mm to 1680 x 1680 x 200 mm and five different maximum aggregate sizes of 4.75, 9.5, 1`9, 38 and 76 mm and initial notch/depth ratios of 0.15 and 0.30. Generally, the values associated with the peak load, and toughness (R-curves) were noticeably lower for the long-notch specimens than those of short-notch specimens. The crack trajectory deviated more from the rectilinear path in the specimens with larger aggregate size and the deviation in short-notch specimens was noticeably more than that in long-notch specimens. For same size specimens, an increase in aggregate size resulted in an increase in crack mouth opening displacement (CMOD) and it was more pronounced in short-notch specimens than in long-notch specimens. Less energy absorption in the fracture zone was observed in long-notch specimens than in short-notch specimens that can be characterized by the crack surface interaction (friction).


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 27-36
  • Monograph Title: Role of Concrete in Sustainable Development

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  • Accession Number: 01010847
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0727732471
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 2005 7:26AM