Ductility and Failure Characteristics of Concrete and Rock Subjected to Complex Load Paths

by C. Dean Norman, US Army Engineering, United States,
Michael I. Hammons, US Army Engineering, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


Strength, ductility and the complex material response features of concrete and rock should be evaluated through carefully planned material properties test programs designed to subject the material to stress and strain histories similar to those which will occur at critical regions in the structure of interest. In this paper the response of concrete to standard material properties tests is reviewed. Also, strength and ductility of concrete in confined compression is evaluated. Internal damage to the material are discussed. In addition key features of the response of concrete and rock to complex load paths are presented.

Subject Headings: Construction materials | Ductility | Material failures | Failure analysis | Concrete | Rocks | Failure loads | Rock properties

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