Mesoscopic simulation of failure of mortar and concrete by 3D RBSM

Kohei Nagai*, Yasuhiko Sato, Tamon Ueda

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Concrete is a heterogeneous material consisting of mortar and aggregate at the meso scale. Evaluation of the fracture process at this scale is useful to clarify the material characteristic of concrete. The authors have conducted meso scale analysis of concrete over a past few years by Rigid Body Spring Model (RBSM). In this study, three-dimensional analyses of mortar and concrete are carried out, which is necessary for the quantitative evaluation of concrete behavior especially in compression. Constitutive models at the meso scale are developed for the 3D RBSM analysis. Failure behaviors and strengths in compression and tension of mortar and concrete are predicted well by the analysis. In biaxial compression test of concrete, crack in normal direction to plane of specimen is simulated that cannot be presented by two-dimensional analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-402
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Advanced Concrete Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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