Low fracture toughness of concrete represents a serious shortcoming. An effective way to improve the concrete toughness is represented by the dispersion (during mixing) of discontinuous fibres into the concrete mix. The principal beneficial effect of fibres is the crack bridging in the cementitious matrix, providing resistance to crack propagation before fibre debonding and/or pulling out or failure. In the present paper, the fracture behaviour of FRC (fibre reinforced concrete) specimens is examined, with micro-synthetic polypropylene fibrillated fibres being randomly distributed in concrete. The modified two-parameter model, proposed by the authors to calculate Mode I plain-strain fracture toughness for quasi-brittle material, is able to take into account the possible crack deflection (kinked crack) during stable crack propagation.
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|Titolo:||Mode I fracture toughness of fibre reinforced concrete|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|