Quantitative Stereology of Concrete Microcracking

by Kim D. Basham, Univ of Wyoming, Laramie, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Mechanics


Stereological methods enable extrapolation of quantitative microcrack characterization from two dimensions to three dimensional space. However, because these quantifying techniques are extremely time-consuming, little significant work has been completed in this area. Characterization of concrete microcracking is an essential element in the quest to understand fully concrete behavior. For these reasons, the author proposes a fully computerized method using the oriented secant method to quantify internal microcracking. The automated method enables investigators to characterize efficiently concrete microcracking with respect to density and orientation.

Subject Headings: Materials characterization | Compression tests | Computing in civil engineering | Automation | Density (material) | Concrete | Imaging techniques | Computer software

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