Modeling of ECC materials using numerical formulations based on plasticity

Lars Dick-Nielsen, Henrik Stang, Peter Noe Poulsen

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    This paper discusses the considerations for the establishment of a damage model for ECC. Three different length scales are used in the approach for deriving the damage model. On each length scale important phenomena are investigated by use of numerical and analytical calculations. On the micro scale it is shown that the cohesive law for a unidirectional fiber reinforced cementitious composite can be found through superposition of the cohesive law for mortar and the fiber bridging curve. On the meso scale I it is shown that the maximum crack opening observed during crack propagation in ECC is small, 20 ¹m and also small compared to typical deformations at peak bridging stress. On the meso scale II interaction between initial flaws and micro cracks was observed. A framework is presented for the formulation of a damage mechanics model comprising the damage mechanisms on the micro and meso scale.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings: 6th International PhD symposium in Civil Engineering
    Number of pages169
    Place of PublicationETH Zürich
    PublisherIBK Publikation
    Publication date2006
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventPhD-symposion - Zurich, Schweiz
    Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …


    CityZurich, Schweiz
    Period01/01/2006 → …

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