Microplane finite element analysis of tube-squash test of concrete with shear angles up to 70

Michele Brocca, Zdenêk P. Baẑant*

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Finite element analysis of the response of concrete structures to impact events such as missile penetration, explosive driving of anchors, blast, ground shock or seismic loading, requires knowledge of the stress-strain relations for concrete for finite strain at high pressures. A novel type of material test achieving very large shear angles of concrete at very large pressures, called the tube-squash test, can be used to calibrate a concrete model taking into account plastic deformation at extreme pressures. A finite element analysis of such a test is performed by using a finite strain generalization of microplane models for concrete and steel. The results obtained are in good agreement with those previously obtained with a simplified method of analysis. Thus, they provide a validation of the microplane model, which is shown to be capable of reproducing the response of concrete not only for small strains at small pressures, which is predominantly brittle, but also for high pressures and large finite strains, which is predominantly frictional plastic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1165-1188
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 10 2001


  • Concrete
  • Constitutive models
  • Finite element analysis
  • Large deformation
  • Microplane model
  • Plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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