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Experimental Analysis of Fracture in High Strength Cementitious Composites

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2011

Farhad Ansari*
Affiliation:
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringNew Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey 07102
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Abstract

Characterization of cementitious composites by their fracture properties has been difficult due to controversial results reported in the technical literature. Existing studies on the fracture behavior of plain concrete reveal some fracture characteristics that differ from those normally observed in metallic materials. Among these characteristics is the existence of a micro-cracking zone or process zone at the tip of an advancing crack. The determination of the fracture process zone in concrete is a difficult experimental problem, because the resulting deformation is strongly localized.

In the present study, in-plane displacements in front of notched high strength concrete have been monitored. Laser speckle metrology, which is a special technique utilizing the speckle patterns of laser light for measurement of in-plane displacements, is employed. Experimental results indicate that a precise description of the fracture process zone is possible by speckle metrology.

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Research Article
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Copyright © Materials Research Society 1985

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