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A 3D Lattice Model For Fracture Of Concrete : A Multiscale Approach
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SFCM 17/18 5: Dynamic fracture in concrete: an eigensoftening meshfree approach

Metadata Show full item record. Abstract It is quite well known that fracture behavior of concrete is complex and is influenced by several factors. Apart from material properties, geometric parameters influence fracture behavior and one notable phenomenon is size effect.

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The existence of the size effect in concrete is well known and various attempts to model the behavior is well documented in literature. However the approach by Bazant to describe the size effect behavior in concrete has received considerable attention. The major advantage of developing the size effect law for concrete is the ability to describe the fracture behavior namely failure strength of large size structures inaccessible to laboratory testing.

The prediction of size effect is done on the basis of laboratory testing of small size geometrically similar structures. In all the models developed earlier heterogeneity of concrete has not been quantitatively simulated. Hence, the complete description considering heterogeneity in concrete is attempted using the lattice model to understand size effect behavior in concrete. In the present study, a detailed description of the heterogeneity in concrete is at- tempted by 3D lattice structure.

Analytical treatment to gain insights to fracture behavior is difficult and hence a numerical approach capable of handling the het- erogeneous nature of the material is adopted. A parametric study is performed to understand the influence of various model parameters like mesh size, failure criterion, softening model.

The conventional size effect studies for 2D geometrically similar structures are performed and a comparison is done with experimentally observed behavior. The variation of fracture process zone with respect to structure size is observed as the reason for size effect.


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The influence of variation in properties of ag- gregate, matrix and interface are studied to explain the deviation in pre-peak and post-peak response. An analytical framework is also proposed to substantiate the above results. Size effect in concrete is generally attributed to the effect of depth viz. However although the effect of thickness viz. The same is quite well known in fracture of metals.

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Therefore the variation in grading of aggregates along with the influence of thickness on fracture behavior is analysed. To understand the thickness effect a comparison of 2D and 3D geometrically similar structures is performed to understand the effect of thickness on fracture parameters. Heterogeneity is a matter of scale. A material may be homogeneous at a coarser scale while at a finer scale it is heterogeneous. Hence only way to capture the effect of the behavior at micro level on the behavior at meso level particularly in a heterogeneous material like concrete is by a multi-scale modelling.

The best numerical tool for multiscale model of a heterogeneous material is lattice model. The heterogeneous nature of concrete is not just due to the presence of aggregates but is evident right from the granular characteristics of cement.

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The hydration of cement grain leads to the development of products with varying mechanical and chemical properties. As the micro-crack initiation and development of thermal cracking is observed at the micron level, understanding of hydration behavior in concrete can be thought of as a pre-requisite for complete understanding of fracture behavior. The properties of matrix and interface observed during hydration modelling can also be used as an input for fracture predictions at upper scale models eg.

This can also be used to study the coupling of scales to understand the multi-scale fracture behavior in concrete. A numerical model is hence developed to study the hydration of concrete. Due to the existence of complex mechanisms governing the hydration behavior in con- crete and the large number of parameters affecting its rate, the hydration of a grain is assumed to proceed in isolation.

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A single particle hydration model is developed to study the hydration of isolated grain.