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An energy-based analysis for aggregate size effect on mechanical strength of cement-based materials

type de publication      article in an international journal with refereeing comitee
date de publication 2013
auteur(s) Jin Caifeng; He Q.C.; Shao Jian-Fu
journal (abréviation) Engineering Fracture Mechanics (Eng Fract Mech)
volume (numéro) 102
pages 207 – 217
résumé In this paper, the mechanical strength of cement-based materials is investigated. The emphasis is put on the aggregate size effect on the mechanical strength in uniaxial and triaxial compression tests. An analytical study based on Griffith’s surface energy criterion is performed. The surface energy for the creation of crack surfaces is related to the variation of elastic energy between the intact and cracked materials. The effective elastic properties of cement-based materials are estimated respectively by Mori-Tanaka scheme for the intact material and Reuss lower bound for the cracked material. The aggregate size effect is taken into account by the fact that the total energy needed for crack surface creation depends on the size of aggregates which are subjected to progressive debonding during the failure process. Further, a series of parametric studies are realized to study the effect of confining stress on the mechanical strength of cement-based materials. Comparisons between analytical results and experimental data are presented.
mots clés Damage; fracture; inclusion size effect; debonding; cement-based materials, concrete
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