Mechanics of Crack Arrest in Concrete

The application of linear-elastic fracture mechanics reveals that the strength of concrete in tension is limited by internal holes and micro-cracks. Fracture arrest can be achieved by reducing the spacing of reinforcement to a suitable scale. Reinforcement diameter decreases in proportion to reduction in spacing in order to maintain steel percentage. Theoretical results indicate that the tensile cracking strength of concrete increases in proportion to the inverse square root of the reinforcing spacing. Tests on closely spaced wire reinforced beams support the theoretical calculations.

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    • This article originally appeared in Proceedings of the ASCEJ of Engineering Mechanics Division, 1963, v. 89,EM3, pp. 147-168.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Concrete Institute (ACI)

    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington Hills, MI  United States  48331
  • Authors:
    • Roumaldi, J P
    • Batson, G B
  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 247-272
  • Monograph Title: Selected Landmark Paper Collection on Concrete Materials Research

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  • Accession Number: 01109661
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780870312694
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SP-249-12
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2008 10:42AM