Determination of Fracture Parameters for Non-Standard Wedge Splitting Specimen of Concrete
The wedge splitting (WS) test is now a promising method to perform stable fracture mechanics tests on concrete-like quasi brittle materials. Fracture parameters, such as fracture toughness and critical crack opening displacement and et.al, are however not easy to determined since formulae available from stress intensity factor manual are restricted to standard specimen geometry. The paper attempts to compute expressions for commonly used fracture parameters for a general wedge splitting specimen. By means of finite element analysis program, test simulation was performed on non-standard wedge splitting specimen with different depth and initiation crack length, and thereafter expressions were proposed for stress intensity factor at the pre-cast tip and crack mouth opening displacement on the load line. Based on the work above, size effect on the unstable fracture toughness and crack extension were investigated, and the consistency of fracture toughness data for various specimen depth as well as initiation crack length is demonstrated. The crack extension is little sensitive to the initiation crack length, it increases with the depth of specimen, which can be explained by the boundary influence of the specimen.
Akihide Saimoto and Prof. Ferri M.H.Aliabadi
Y. H. Zhao et al., "Determination of Fracture Parameters for Non-Standard Wedge Splitting Specimen of Concrete", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 452-453, pp. 425-428, 2011