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Numerical modelling of concrete fracture: A mesoscopic approach based on embedded discontinuity FEM

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd Nordic Seminar on Computational Mechanics
EditorsAntti Niemi, H Koivurova
PublisherUniversity of Oulu
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-62-2420-6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNordic Seminar on Computational Mechanics -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameRaportti / Oulun yliopisto, konetekniikka
ISSN (Electronic)2342-2599


ConferenceNordic Seminar on Computational Mechanics
Period1/01/00 → …


This article presents a numerical study on concrete failure under uniaxial compression. For this end, a fracture model based on the embedded discontinuity finite elements is employed. Concrete mesostructure, i.e. the aggregates and the cement matrix, is explicitly described by convex polygons. Numerical simulations (in 2D) demonstrate that the present approach can predict the salient features of concrete fracture modes even when the crack initiation is based solely on the first principal stress criterion.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland