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Modified lattice model for mode-I fracture analysis of notched plain concrete beam using probabilistic approach

Prasad, Raghu BK and Rao, TVRL and Gopalakrishnan, AR (2008) Modified lattice model for mode-I fracture analysis of notched plain concrete beam using probabilistic approach. In: International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences, ICCES'08.

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Abstract

A modified lattice model using finite element method has been developed to study the mode-I fracture analysis of heterogeneous materials like concrete. In this model, the truss members always join at points where aggregates are located which are modeled as plane stress triangular elements. The truss members are given the properties of cement mortar matrix randomly, so as to represent the randomness of strength in concrete. It is widely accepted that the fracture of concrete structures should not be based on strength criterion alone, but should be coupled with energy criterion. Here, by incorporating the strain softening through a parameter ‘α’, the energy concept is introduced. The softening branch of load-displacement curves was successfully obtained. From the sensitivity study, it was observed that the maximum load of a beam is most sensitive to the tensile strength of mortar. It is seen that by varying the values of properties of mortar according to a normal random distribution, better results can be obtained for load-displacement diagram.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2011 09:22
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2011 09:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/40843

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