Three-dimensional finite element modelling of the uniaxial tension test

Lennart Østergaard, Henrik Stang

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Experimental determination of the stress-crack opening relationship (σ-w) for concrete as defined in the fictitious crack model has proven to be difficult. This is due to the problems that may arise from application of the inverse analysis method necessary for the derivation of the relationship. One of the most direct methods for determination of the σ-w relationship is the uniaxial tension test, where a notched specimen is pulled apart while the tensile load and the crack opening displacement is observed. This method is appealing since the interpretation is straightforward. The method is examined in this paper through three dimensional finite element analyses. It is concluded that the interpretation of the uniaxial tension test is indeed straightforward, if the testing machine stiffness is sufficiently high.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Ph.D.-symposium in Civil Engineering
EditorsPeter Schießl
Place of PublicationGermany
Publication date2002
ISBN (Print)39-35-06509-4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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