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Scaling of Structural Strength - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750668491, 9780080461359

Scaling of Structural Strength

2nd Edition

Author: Zdenek Bazant
Paperback 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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About the Author

Zdenek Bazant

Zdenìk P. Bažant has held the WP Murphy Chair of Civil Engineering and Materials Science at Northwestern University, USA, since 1990 and has been McCormick School Professor since 2002. He also served as Director of the Center for Concrete and Geomaterials from 1981 to 1987. He has been inducted to both the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of Engineering and has received five honorary doctorates.

Affiliations and Expertise

WP Murphy Chair at Northwestern University, USA


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

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