Size Effects in the Fracture of Quasi-Brittle Materials

by Zdeněk P. Bažant, Northwestern Univ, Evanston, United States,
Ravindra Gettu, Northwestern Univ, Evanston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Cold Regions Engineering

Abstract: Causes and influences of the structural size effect that is exhibited by materials such as concrete, mortar, ice rock and ceramics, are discussed. The size effect law, which models this phenomenon and provides reliable fracture parameters, is reviewed.

Subject Headings: Size effect | Ceramics | Mathematical models | Cracking | Brittleness | Concrete structures | Construction materials

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