Size of the Fracture Process Zone in High-Strength Concrete at a Wide Range of Loading Rates
Compared with the extensive research on properties of the fracture process zone (FPZ) under quasi-static loading conditions, much less information is available on its dynamic characterization, especially for high-strength concrete (HSC). This paper presents the very recent results of an experimental program aimed at disclosing the loading rate effect on the size and velocity of the (FPZ) in HSC. Eighteen three-point bending specimens were conducted under a wide range of loading rates from from 10-4 mm/s to 103 mm/s using either a servo-hydraulic machine or a self-designed drop-weight impact device. Four strain gauges mounted along the ligament of the specimen were used to measure the FPZ size. Surprisingly, the FPZ size remains almost constant (around 20 mm) when the loading rate varies seven orders of magnitude.
R.A.W. Mines and J.M. Dulieu-Barton
R.C. Yu et al., "Size of the Fracture Process Zone in High-Strength Concrete at a Wide Range of Loading Rates", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 24-25, pp. 155-160, 2010