Understanding the Tensile Properties of Concrete

1st Edition

Editors: Jaap Weerheijm
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857090454
eBook ISBN: 9780857097538
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st July 2013
Page Count: 398
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Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction to concrete: a resilient material system

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Concrete structure at the micro-scale: the cement matrix

1.3 Concrete structure at the meso-scale: bond cement matrix and aggregates

1.4 Concrete structure and mechanical properties

Chapter 2: Factors affecting the tensile properties of concrete

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Effect of composition

2.3 Effect of curing and moisture

2.4 Effect of temperature

2.5 Influence of specimen size

2.6 Effect of age

2.7 Effect of load duration

2.8 Effect of cyclic loading

2.9 Effect of type of loading

2.10 Crack development at the meso-scale

2.11 The relationship between tensile strength and compressive strength

2.12 The practical implications of laboratory tests

Chapter 3: Modelling the effect of material composition on the tensile properties of concrete

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Modelling damage in concrete

3.3 Behaviour of concrete beams under three-point bending conditions

3.4 Behaviour of concrete elements under uniaxial tension

3.5 Conclusions

3.6 Acknowledgements

Chapter 4: Modelling moisture transport in intact and fractured concrete

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Modelling moisture transport in intact concrete

4.3 Modelling moisture transport in degraded concrete

4.4 Interaction between moisture transport and material behaviour

4.5 Case study: application of outside render to masonry walls

4.6 Summary and future trends

Chapter 5: Modelling the response of concrete structures to dynamic loading

Abstract:

5.1 Introduction: dynamic loading regimes a


Description

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.

Key Features

  • Summarises key recent research in the areas of understanding the response mechanisms of concrete under tensile conditions
  • Provides a summary of the most important parameters that affect the tensile response of concrete and shows how multi scale modeling is used to relate concrete composition to tensile properties
  • Highlights the dynamic behaviour of concrete from different viewpoints and provides practical examples of how detailed knowledge on tensile properties is used by engineers in structural applications

Readership

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


Details

No. of pages:
398
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Woodhead Publishing 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857097538
Hardcover ISBN:
9780857090454
Paperback ISBN:
9780081015728

About the Editors

Jaap Weerheijm Editor

Dr Jaap Weerheijm works in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the TNO and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at TNO. He is well-known for his research in such areas as the impact behaviour of structures and materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands