American Society of Civil Engineers

Retracted: Fractal Dimensions of Fracture Surfaces

by Tomáš Ficker, (Professor of Physics, Dept. of Physics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Brno Univ. of Technology, Veverí 95, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic. E-mail:

Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 136, No. 2, February 2010, pp. 174-178, (doi:

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Abstract: Compressive strength of porous materials, especially of cement gels, has been estimated by means of fractal dimension of fracture surfaces. The relationship between mechanical strength and fractal characteristics of porous gels has been derived and tested experimentally using samples of cement gels. The dimensions of fracture surfaces have been found to be general parameters independent on the fractal dimensions of inner material components.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Compressive strength
Porous media