Three-Dimensional Fracture Process Zone Detection in Concrete

by K. D. Basham, Univ of Wyoming, Laramie, United States,
Y. C. Jean, Univ of Wyoming, Laramie, United States,
K. P. Chong, Univ of Wyoming, Laramie, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Mechanics


Process zones in concrete have been under intensive investigations during the past several years. Techniques have successfully been used to detect and map the 2-D superficial process zone. However, recent 3-D numerical analysis indicate that the interior damage pattern is quite different from the pattern on the surface. The lack of detailed information concerning the 3-D process zone has hindered the development and validation of fracture mechanics theories based on the micromechanics of cracking.

Subject Headings: Cracking | Concrete | Materials processing | Three-dimensional models | Three-dimensional analysis | Mapping | Validation | Micromechanics

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