American Society of Civil Engineers


Concrete Uniaxial Tensile Strength and Cylinder Splitting Test


by Zhuhai Lin, (Res. Fellow, Fac. of the Built Envir., South Bank Univ., 202 Wandsworth Rd., London SW8 2JZ, U.K.) and Laurence Wood, (Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Dean, Fac. of the Built Envir., South Bank Univ., 202 Wandsworth Rd., London SW8 2JZ, U.K.)

Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 129, No. 5, May 2003, pp. 692-698, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9445(2003)129:5(692))

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: The widely used concrete tensile strength test, the Brazilian cylinder splitting test, is analyzed using isoparametric nonlinear finite strip elements. The results of the numerical analysis suggest that the apparent tensile strength obtained from the splitting test underestimates the uniaxial tensile strength of concrete. After investigating the effects of various concrete properties and the packing strip width in the splitting test, a simple method for correcting this underestimation is established.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Concrete
Tensile strength
Splitting
Finite strip method
Constitutive models