The aim of the present paper is to introduce a new failure criterion in the framework of Finite Fracture Mechanics. Criteria assuming that failure of quasi-brittle materials is affected by stress or energy flux acting on a finite distance in front of the crack tip are widely used inside the scientific community. Generally, this distance is assumed to be small compared to a characteristic size of the structure, i.e. to any length describing the macroscale. A key point of the present paper is to analyse what happens if the smallness assumption does not hold true. The proposed approach relies on the assumption that the finite distance is not a material constant but a structural parameter. Its value is determined by a condition of consistency of both energetic and stress approaches. The model is general. In order to check its soundness, an application to the strength prediction for three point bending tests of various relative crack depths and of different sizes is performed. It is seen that, for the un-notched specimens, the present model predicts the same trend as the Multi-Fractal Scaling Law (MFSL). Finally, a comparison with experimental data available in the literature on high strength concrete three point bending specimens is performed, showing an excellent agreement. It is remarkable to observe that the method presented herein is able to provide the fracture toughness using test data from un-notched specimens, as long as the range of specimen sizes is broad enough.
|Titolo:||Finite fracture mechanics: a coupled stress and energy failure criterion|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.engfracmech.2006.03.010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|