Understanding the Tensile Properties of Concrete

Edited by

  • Jaap Weerheijm, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

The response of concrete under tensile loading is crucial for most applications because concrete is much weaker in tension than in compression. Understanding the response mechanisms of concrete under tensile conditions is therefore key to understanding and using concrete in structural applications. Understanding the tensile properties of concrete summarises key recent research in this important subject.

After an introduction to concrete, the book is divided into two parts: part one on static response and part two on dynamic response. Part one starts with a summary chapter on the most important parameters that affect the tensile response of concrete. Chapters show how multi scale modelling is used to relate concrete composition to tensile properties. Part two focuses on dynamic response and starts with an introduction to the different regimes of dynamic loading, ranging from the low frequency loading by wind or earthquakes up to the extreme dynamic conditions due to explosions and ballistic impacts. Following chapters review dynamic testing techniques and devices that deal with the various regimes of dynamic loading. Later chapters highlight the dynamic behaviour of concrete from different viewpoints, and the book ends with a chapter on practical examples of how detailed knowledge on tensile properties is used by engineers in structural applications.

Drawing on the work of some of the leading experts in the field, Understanding the tensile properties of concrete is a valuable reference for civil and structural engineers as well as those researching this important material.
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Civil engineers, concrete companies, construction companies; Graduate students in civil engineering programs at universities; Practicing engineers, researchers and those involved in making decisions regarding infrastructure; Local authorities and government departments with an interest in architectural engineering, construction and materials, disaster reduction, environmental engineering, maritime structural technology, transportation engineering and urban planning


Book information

  • Published: July 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-045-4

Table of Contents

Introduction to concrete: A resilient material system. Part 1 Concrete in static tensile loading: Factors affecting the tensile properties of concrete; Modelling the effect of material composition on the tensile properties of concrete; Modelling moisture transport in intact and fractured concrete. Part 2 Concrete in dynamic tensile loading: Modelling the response of concrete structures to dynamic loading; Dynamic test devices for analysing the tensile properties of concrete; Response mechanisms of concrete under impulsive tensile loading; Modelling the dynamic response of concrete with mesoscopic heterogeneity; Mesoscopic modelling of concrete under different moisture conditions and loading rates; Modelling the response of concrete structures from strain rate effects to shock induced loading; Understanding the dynamic response of concrete to loading: Practical examples.