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Understanding the Tensile Properties of Concrete

Series: Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering Volume: 48

By: Jaap Weerheijm(Editor)

402 pages, 24 plates with colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

Woodhead Publishing

Hardback | Jul 2013 | #226622 | ISBN-13: 9780857090454
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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, Understanding the Tensile Properties of Concrete 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 Understanding the Tensile Properties of Concrete 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.


- Introduction to concrete: A resilient material system

Part 1 Concrete in static tensile loading: Factors affecting the tensile properties of concrete
- Modelling the effect of material composition on the tensile properties of concrete
- Modelling moisture transport in intact and fractured concrete

Part 2 Concrete in dynamic tensile loading: Modelling the response of concrete structures to dynamic loading
- Dynamic test devices for analysing the tensile properties of concrete
- Response mechanisms of concrete under impulsive tensile loading
- Modelling the dynamic response of concrete with mesoscopic heterogeneity
- Mesoscopic modelling of concrete under different moisture conditions and loading rates
- Modelling the response of concrete structures from strain rate effects to shock induced loading
- Understanding the dynamic response of concrete to loading: Practical examples

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Dr. Jaap Weerheijm works in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the 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.

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