BLUNT CRACK BANK PROPAGATION IN FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS FOR CONCRETE STRUCTURES.

P. A. Pfeiffer*, A. H. Marchertas, Z. P. Bazant

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Abstract

Concrete cracking could cause significant complication to the sodium concrete chemical reaction, in that the cracks could become pathways for sodium penetration and hence provide additional surface area for the reaction. Therefore, the prediction of crack initiation and crack propagation in concrete is important for safety studies of nuclear containment. The utilization of the 'blunt crack' approach for simulating concrete cracking in a general-purpose code is explored. The difficulties encountered in establishing the proper direction of crack propagation in an arbitrary discretization are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransactions of the International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology
Publisherr Commission of the European Communities (EUR-8596) by North-Holland, 5. 2
ISBN (Print)0444867015
StatePublished - Dec 1 1983

Publication series

NameTransactions of the International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology
ISSN (Print)0167-563X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Pfeiffer, P. A., Marchertas, A. H., & Bazant, Z. P. (1983). BLUNT CRACK BANK PROPAGATION IN FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS FOR CONCRETE STRUCTURES. In Transactions of the International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (Transactions of the International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology). r Commission of the European Communities (EUR-8596) by North-Holland, 5. 2.