Journal Published Online: 01 December 1998
Volume 20, Issue 2

A Systematic Method to Determine Optimal Specimen Geometry for Measuring Concrete Fracture Properties by the Peak-Load Method



The peak-load method is a simple method for determining the fracture properties KIcS and CTODc of the two-parameter fracture model of concrete. With this method, the fracture properties can be determined from the measured peak loads of several different (or distinct) specimens. Specimens can be made distinct in specimen shape, size, notch length, and loading configuration. To quantitatively identify the degree of specimen distinction, a variable named specimen distinction number is proposed. When test specimens are considerably distinct, random experimental errors have negligible effect, and determination KIcS and CTODc is of high accuracy. Thus test specimens can be optimized to obtain the most accurate values of the fracture properties. A previous experimental program found that change in specimen shape (e.g., a hole drilled at the axis of splitting tension cylinder) can largely expand the specimen distinction. An experimental program reported in this paper shows that changing loading configurations of beams (or prisms) from bending to eccentric compression can also largely enhance the specimen distinction and therefore provide KIcS and CTODc determination of high accuracy.

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Yang, S
Korea Highway Corporation, Seoul, Korea
Tang, T
McDermott Engineering Houston LLC, Houston, TX
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Stock #: CCA10422J
ISSN: 0149-6123
DOI: 10.1520/CCA10422J