A New Test Method for Determining the Fracture Toughness of Concrete Materials

The Spiral Notch Torsion Test (SNTT) determines the intrinsic fracture toughness (KIC) of structural materials by applying pure torsion to cylindrical specimens having a notch line that spirals around the specimen at a 45° pitch. KIC values are obtained with the aid of a 3-D finite-element computer code, TOR3D-KIC. The SNTT method is suitable for testing a wide variety of materials used extensively in pressure vessel and piping structural components and weldments, as well as ceramic and graphite materials. One important characteristic of SNTT is that neither a fatigue precrack nor a deep notch is required for evaluation of brittle materials, significantly reducing the sample size requirement. Results are reported for a Portland cement-based mortar demonstrating applicability of the SNTT method to cementitious materials. The estimated KIC of the tested mortar samples with compressive strength of 34.45 MPa was found to be 0.360 ± 0.017 MPa [radical sign]m.


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  • Accession Number: 01152913
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2010 12:26PM