Experimental Validation of a Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics Model

by Mircea Grigoriu, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, United States,
A. R. Ingraffea, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural and Geotechnical Reliability


A method is developed for validating a probabilistic fracture analysis code (PROFRANC). The method is based on classical statistical techniques and experimental data. It is shown that PROFRANC predictions of the load at fracture initiation are consistent with the observed values of this load. The Kolmogorov-Smirnov test is used in the evaluation of the PROFRANC code.

Subject Headings: Probability | Cracking | Validation | Load tests | Load factors | Fracture mechanics | Statistics

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