Smeared crack modelling approach for corrosion-induced concrete damage

Anna Emilie Anusha Thybo, Alexander Michel, Henrik Stang

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    Abstract

    In this paper a smeared crack modelling approach is used to simulate corrosion-induced damage in reinforced concrete. The presented modelling approach utilizes a thermal analogy to mimic the expansive nature of solid corrosion products, while taking into account the penetration of corrosion products into the surrounding concrete, non-uniform precipitation of corrosion products, and creep. To demonstrate the applicability of the presented modelling approach, numerical predictions in terms of corrosion-induced deformations as well as formation and propagation of micro- and macrocracks were compared to experimental data obtained by digital image correlation and published in the literature. Excellent agreements between experimentally observed and numerically predicted crack patterns at the micro and macro scale indicate the capability of the modelling approach to accurately capture corrosion-induced damage phenomena in reinforced concrete. Moreover, good agreements were also found between experimental and numerical data for corrosion-induced deformations along the circumference of the reinforcement.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalMaterials and Structures
    Volume50
    Issue number146
    Number of pages14
    ISSN1359-5997
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • Concrete cracking
    • Smeared crack modelling approach
    • FEM
    • Corrosion

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