Fracture properties of normal and lightweight high-strength concrete

Tang, W, Lo, T and Chan, R 2008, 'Fracture properties of normal and lightweight high-strength concrete', Magazine of Concrete research, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 237-244.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Fracture properties of normal and lightweight high-strength concrete
Author(s) Tang, W
Lo, T
Chan, R
Year 2008
Journal name Magazine of Concrete research
Volume number 60
Issue number 4
Start page 237
End page 244
Total pages 8
Publisher Thomas Telford Ltd.
Abstract This paper presents the results of a comparative study on the fracture properties of high-strength concrete (HSC) with normal aggregate (crushed limestone) and lightweight aggregate (sintered fly ash). The compressive strengths of the normal and lightweight HSC were about 115 and 90 MPa respectively. The fracture properties, namely the critical stress intensity factor (KICS) and critical crack tip opening displacement (CTODc) for the two-parameter model, and the fracture energy (GF) for the fictitious crack model were examined. A three-point bending test on notched beams was carried out on specimens of varying sizes to examine the size effect on the measured properties andflexural behaviour. The experimental findings indicated that the KICS and GF values of normal aggregate HSC were more size-sensitive than that of lightweight HSC while the CTODC of both types of HSC seemed to be size-independent, Compared with the normal aggregate HSC, the lightweight HSC had a considerably lower KICS but had a similar GF and more ductile flexural behaviour.
Subject Structural Engineering
DOI - identifier 10.1680/macr.2008.60.4.237
ISSN 0024-9831
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