Scaling of Structural Strength

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780750668491
eBook ISBN: 9780080461359
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 28th June 2005
Page Count: 336
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This book is concerned with a leading-edge topic of great interest and importance, exemplifying the relationship between experimental research, material modeling, structural analysis and design. It focuses on the effect of structure size on structural strength and failure behaviour.

Bazant's theory has found wide application to all quasibrittle materials, including rocks, ice, modern fiber composites and tough ceramics. The topic of energetic scaling, considered controversial until recently, is finally getting the attention it deserves, mainly as a result of Bazant's pioneering work. In this new edition an extra section of data and new appendices covering twelve new application developments are included.

Key Features

  • The first book to show the 'size effect' theory of structure size on strength
  • Presents the principles and applications of Bazant's pioneering work on structural strength
  • Revised edition with new material on topics including asymptotic matching, flexural strength of fiber-composite laminates, polymeric foam fractures and the design of reinforced concrete beams


Postgraduate students and practitioners involved in mechanics and the study of strength in structures

Table of Contents

Introduction; Asymptotic Analysis of Size Effect; Randomness and Disorder; Energetic Scaling for Sea Ice and Concrete Structures; Energetic Scaling of Compression Fracture and Further Applications to Concrete, Rocks and Composites; Scaling via J-Integral, with Application to Kink Bands in Fiber Composites; Time Dependence, Repeated Loads and Energy Absorption Capacity; Computational Approaches to Quasibrittle Fracture and its Scaling; New Asymptotic Scaling Analysis of Cohesive Crack Model and Smeared-Tip Method; Size Effect at Continuum Limit on Approach to Atomic Lattice Scale; Future Perspectives; Appendices


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Review of first edition: ‘Consolidates most of Bazant’s pioneering research work in energetic strength scaling in an accessible format... a fascinating read and I highly recommend it to any practitioners of this subject.' — Strain