Fracture toughness for high-strength concrete

Surendra P. Shah*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Scopus citations


It is known that high-strength concrete tends to be more brittle or less tough than normal strength concrete. Yet, there is no acceptable method available to quantify the brittleness of normal strength or high-strength concrete. It seems reasonable to use the concepts of linear elastic fracture mechanics to quantify fracture toughness, since these have been successfully applied to metals. In this paper, the concepts of linear elastic fracture mechanics are summarized. It is shown that a single fracture parameter, such as the critical stress intensity factor, cannot be simply applied to quasi-brittle material like concrete. A two-parameter fracture model is presented. The two parameters can be calculated from an (ASTM-type) notched-beam test. This model accurately predicts fracture toughness, as well as split cylinder strength and modulus of rupture strength of high-strength concrete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-265
Number of pages6
JournalACI Materials Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Fracture toughness for high-strength concrete'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this