Concrete Failure Related to Constituent Properties

by Rene B. Testa, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Engrg. Mech. and Dir.; Carleton Lab., School of Engrg. and Appllied Sci., Columbia Univ., New York, N.Y.,
Norris Stubbs, Grad Student; Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Engrg. Mech., School of Engrg. and Applied Sci., Columbia Univ., New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pg. 515-529

Document Type: Journal Paper


A failure criterion for common grades of concrete is proposed on the basis of a critical value of the irrecoverable work associated with internal crack formation. An expression is given for the critical value with explicit dependence on aggregate size and implicit dependence on volume and shape of aggregate, as well as bond characteristics. An empirical relationship is then used to write the failure criterion in terms of ultimate stress with explicit dependence on size and volume of aggregate.

Subject Headings: Aggregates | Concrete | Material failures | Failure analysis | Cracking | Bonding | Empirical equations

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