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**Interpretation of Tensile Softening in Concrete, Using Fractal Geometry
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H. Khezrzadeh1 and M. Mo d

Concrete is a heterogeneous material with a wide variety of usage in structural design. Concrete under tension exhibits strain softening, i.e., a negative slope in the stress{deformation diagrams. Di erent softening curves have been proposed in the literature to interpret this phenomenon. In current research, a new softening curve for concrete has been proposed by using the newly introduced concept of fractal geometry. This new softening curve is denominated a `Quasi-fractal' softening curve and consists of two parts, a linear portion at the beginning and an exponential portion in the rest of the curve. A comparison of a \Quasi-fractal" softening curve with a set of proposed experimental softening curves has been performed, which reveals good agreement.

INTRODUCTION

Since its rst presentation by Mandelbrot [1], fractal geometry has found many applications in science and technology. The main merit of this new mathematical tool is in its ability to model natural irregularities. Owing to this, fractal geometry has found many applications, such as in electromagnetic, biology, uid mechanics and many branches of solid and fracture mechanics. The rst step in using this new concept in fracture mechanics is the veri cation of the fact that fracture surfaces have fractal patterns. Several experiments and theory outcomes con rm that fracture surfaces in many engineering materials are fractal. The rst investigation into this eld concerned the fractal character of fracture surfaces in metals, which was carried out by Mandelbrot et al. [2]. Subsequently, some e orts were made to characterize the fracture surfaces of concrete. Among those researchers, one should mention Winslow [3], Saouma et al. [4], Brandt and Prokopski [5], Saouma and Barton [6], Carpinteri et al. [7] and Issa et al. [8]. In addition to the aforementioned experimental evidence of the hypothesis of the fractality of the fracture surfaces of concrete, theoretical proof also exists, such as in Carpinteri et al. [9]. Fracture in heterogeneous materials, e.g. con1. Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, I.R. Iran. *. Corresponding Author, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, I.R. Iran.

crete, is one of the most active branches in fracture mechanics. Resulting from inhomogeneities inside the structure of such materials, one of the best ways to analyze the behavior of these kinds of material is by the use of fractal geometry. It is known that classes of material, such as concrete, rock, brick and ceramics, exhibit what is termed `strain-softening' behavior. Thus, in a direct tensile test, there is a linear stress-strain relationship until, approximately, the ultimate strength, u , is reached and further straining beyond this point results in stress relaxation, which depends on the strainsoftening characteristics of the material. The ultimate behavior of such materials is characterized by the localization of a non-linear zone within a narrow band of the material, while the rest of the material outside this softening zone retains its linear behavior. In the cohesive model, this band is treated as the softening zone, where the material, though cracked, can still transfer stress. The tensile stress, , in the softening zone is described as the decreasing function of the relative displacement, w, of the opposite surfaces of the cohesive crack. The process zone starts forming after the tensile stress reaches its ultimate value, u . The point where the displacement, w, reaches its critical value, wc , beyond which no stress can be transferred, is called the real crack tip, while the point along the cohesive crack, at which the stress reaches u , is called the cohesive crack tip. There are no stress singularities present in this model. The \cohesive crack model" was described by Barenblatt [10,11] and Dugdale [12]. Many researchers have used cohesive cracks to describe the near-tip non-

the exponential. relationship. the fracture surfaces of concrete are fractal sets.1] a generalized Sierpinski carpet. represents the Euclidean dimension of the object (d is equal to 1 for a line INTERPRETATION OF THE SOFTENING PHENOMENON IN CONCRETE UNDER TENSILE STRESSES BY USING FRACTAL GEOMETRY In this section.5 . metals. is drawn in Figure 1. is equal to Df = Ln(5 5)=Ln(5) = 1:861. FRACTAL GEOMETRY ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM Fractal geometry is a mathematical tool. as long as the requirement of self-similarity is satis ed. with or without notches. ceramics and geo-materials. the energy consumption. These softening curves are useful in the analyses of the behavior of concrete structures. An example of [1. is determined from the following relation: L" = Lp "(d Df ) . A generalized Sierpinski carpet is similar to a Sierpinski carpet. mentioned by Petersson [14]. The used fractal set is a generalization on the Sierpinski carpet fractal set. a new softening curve is presented. it will be shown that the use of fractal patterns in the modeling of tensile fracture surfaces will . as follows: Ln N . w. In the next section. Finally.19] and Slowik et al.. in iteration of number n. [20] and the power-law. that a generalized to a Sierpinski set makes it useful when modeling surfaces with any fractal dimension. the fractal set is \invasive" and. In the late seventies. is equal to: q q n 1 An = Ap 2 1 2 : (5) p p [a. According to the numerous performed experiments. which describes objects of irregular shape. even if no pre-existing macrocrack is actually present [13]. mentioned by Reinhardt [21. The measure of a fractal set is a function of the length of the used yardstick. parameter p is the only essential parameter throughout this investigation. then. rectangles of the remaining area will be omitted.b] This new fractal set is denoted by Sp. [15. by the use of fractal geometry and. pq2 1.1] The fractal dimension of S5 . It has been proven that the area of the matrix in granular composites. The parameter. which. if it is negative. is also a fractal set [9]. Planas and Elices [18.22]. among them. with this di erence. A fractal set is a geometrical pattern that deviates from its Euclidean dimension. several forms have been proposed for the softening curve. This extended cohesive crack is called a \ ctitious crack model".16]. d. For the sake of simplicity. the bilinear curve. The structure of a generalized Sierpinski carpet consists of a rectangle that consists of p2 similar rectangles. (1) where Lp is the projected length (area) of the object. for practical purposes. according to Equation 2. the total number of q. concrete. in its rst three iterations. cohesive cracks were extended by proposing that the cohesive crack may be assumed to develop anywhere. [1. such as concrete.5 . The fractal dimension of this fractal set.Interpretation of Tensile Softening in Concrete linear zone for cracks in most materials. A general de nition of the fractal dimension of an arti cial fractal object is. In this model. therefore. 9 or 2 for a surface) and Df is denominated as the fractal dimension. it is important to have a exible fractal set for modeling surfaces with di erent fractal dimensions. the fractal set is \lacunar" [1]. As mentioned in [3-8]. S5 . the generalized form of a Sierpinski carpet is presented for use as a exible fractal set in the modeling of fractal surfaces.q . is equal to: 1n(p2 q) Df = : (3) 1n(p) The remaining area of this fractal set. This paper has the following structure: First. will be associated either with the magni cation and resolution used in the microscope or to the relative length of a typical constructional segment of that line. during the softening procedure in concrete-like materials.g. (2) Df = Ln m where N is the number of elements in the basic picture (n = 1) and m is the applied reduction factor to the segments. from which. the strain-softening behavior is expressed by an appropriate. a comparison of the results with several common experimental softening curves is successfully performed. according to the used yardstick in measuring. e. Second. where a and b are the side lengths of the rectangle. Gopalaratnam and Shah [17]. which reveals good agreement. " is the fractional measuring unit. one can assume q = 1. Extensive investigations have been carried out to determine the form of the softening curve for concrete mixes. if deviation is a positive value. at each iteration. The length (or area for 2D fractal sets) of a fractal set. is interpreted. is calculated from the following relation: 2 Df 1 An = Ap n : (4) p The eliminated area. after n iterations. according to Equa2 tion 3. mentioned by Cornelissen et al. accordingly. polymers.

Khezrzadeh and M. the total required breakage energy. . guide one to a new softening curve. the cracking extends around smaller particles. The characteristics of the ctitious crack are contained in its stress-crack opening relationship (the softening curve shown in Figure 2).10 Gf . For zero crack openings. In this fractal pattern-based model. All these curves have common essential features. The cohesive crack model. 3. it is known that the nal tensile fracture surface in concrete is a fractal set. which is denominated by the \last resistant ligament". which is as follows: Z 1 Gf = dw: 0 H. it is required to review some characteristics of the cohesive crack model. The bond zones around aggregates are the weakest link in the structure of concrete-like materials and tensile failure begins from shaping cracks around particles in the bond zones. consecutively. smeared cracks start at the weak phase. Before starting the new approach. in the simplest approximation. its value equals tensile strength. due to increase of subjected elongation. Mo d (7) Figure 1. S5 . some of which have been reviewed in the next section. which is equal to the area under the softening curve.1] generalized Sierpinski carpet set. zero strength). ft . has been one of the most essential tools in the analysis of the fracture of concrete and cement-based materials since its rst application to structural analysis in the mid seventies. under uniaxial tension test. to a gradually decreasing external stress (Figure 3). which will be useful in cohesive crack models. around larger aggregates and. Schematic form of softening curve.5 . Now. According to Equation 7. as follows: 1. A continuation of applying elongation to the specimen causes smeared cracking behavior inside the cross section. By using this model. 1). is assumed to be unique. so. Figure 2 is denominated by It is intended to interpret the softening behavior of concrete-like materials by using the aforementioned principles and fractal geometry. It tends to zero for large crack openings (complete failure. At the beginning. b)Decrease of resistant cross section after peak load. it is possible to model the cross section of such materials by the use of fractal patterns [9]. per unit of the cross section area. This integral is the work of the fracture per unit surface of the complete crack. It can be integrated over (0. the omitted areas are exhibitors of the aggregates and the remaining parts are exhibitors of the adhesive matrix. called a ctitious crack model by Hillerborg and co-workers [13]. which. As mentioned in the literature. 2. thus. 4. It is non-negative and non-increasing. by continuation of applying strain to the specimen. On the other hand. one can write: = f (w): (6) Various forms have been proposed for the softening curve. The process of softening in quasi-brittle materials could be depicted in this way that. the softening behavior of concrete-like materials under tension is interpretable. is equal to Gf . a) Formation of cohesive crack in a specimen Figure 2. at the peak load. which leads to a gradually decreasing cross section for stress transfer and. First three iterations of formation of [1. a set of macrocracks start to grow through the bar cross section. This process will continue until the increase of the total area of the macrocrack becomes less than a certain value. it is possible to use a fractal set for modeling Figure 3.

the increase in the area of macrocracks in the nth iteration is equal to: q an = Ap 2 p 2 p 11 Before applying Equation 14 to Equation 12. in a critical iteration `nc '. becomes smaller than a certain value. 2. represent an increase in the total macrocrack area. in Figure 4. because. which yields: a Gf n = n w: Ap 1 (12) According to previous discussions. at each iteration. a discrete distribution of the stress values will be gained. the eliminated surfaces. in an interval with the length of w. In this fractal set. . the required energy for forming new cracks in the cross section is equal to the area under the stress-elongation curve. not only is it a function of the fractal dimension of the fracture surface.001 of the cross sectional area. q is equated with 1. if m is equal to 1000. An energy modi cation factor. w]. The value of the softening function in (w = 0) is equal to the tensile strength of the specimen and the softening curve is linear at the interval of [0. from Equation 5. by having the critical elongation of the specimen. Some modi cations on this model are required to make it applicable. The energy modi cation factor can be calculated from the following relation: (1 )GF = ft p2 q n 1 . the amount of consumed energy at each step is equal to: Un = Gf : an : Ap ft 4 p2 w w : (15) 2 (10) On the other hand. as follows: 1. by using the following relation: = 8 h 2 i > F 3f t w ) 1 1 > nc Gf p (8G2 > 2 > w 8 p G +1 p F > > c < > > ft > > > > : nc w 1 1 wc p2 wc w w c nc h 2 i w + p (8GF 3ft w) GF w (16) w 8p2 GF +1 p2 w2 c w< w nc : (11) The condition of crack growth dictates that the value of Equation 10 should be equal to Equation 11 at each point. as follows: Un = n w: Now. nc is equal to the iteration number at which the eliminated area from the fractal set becomes less than 0. This modi cation factor makes the area under the softening curve equal to GF . m. The generalized Sierpinski carpet is a useful tool.Interpretation of Tensile Softening in Concrete the total area of the macrocracks. shown in Figure 4. Schematic diagram of `Quasi-fractal' softening curve. it is possible to calculate the value of the stress at every point of the stress-elongation curve. which reads. the resistance of the specimen against elongation continues until the area added to the macrocrack. wc . w=2]. by using fractal patterns. so. A `Quasi-fractal' softening curve consists of a linear part and an exponential part. which makes it very 1 < 1 : m (13) For example. it is noticed that. which is denominated the \last resistant ligament". Now. point A to point B. is de ned to consider the consumption of energy at the interval of [0. It is obvious that: 1 X an = Ap : (9) n=1 If it is assumed that the consumed energy at each level is proportional to an increase in the total area of the macrocrack. For the sake of simpli cation. The required modi cations are. (8) where Ap is the nominal area of the cross section. it is possible to calculate the length of the intervals from the following relation: w (14) w = c: nc Figure 4. it also depends on another parameter. . The value of nc may be calculated from the following relation: 1 anc < Ap m 2 nc ) p12 p p2 1 This softening curve is called \Quasi-fractal".

suggested by Reinhardt [22].20 mm for wc . This curve is a bilinear curve with a kink point at (0. which has the following relation: ^ ^ = (1 + 0:199w ^ 3 )e 1:35w 0:00533w. On the other hand. equal to 3. It is more convenient to convert the softening curve to a dimensionless form. Mo d The third model is the \CHR" curve. w ^= . i.6. shown in Figure 5. has been proposed for these kinds of softening behavior by Planas and Elices [24]. which has been proposed by Reinhardt [22].175 mm and 3. [20]. Hordijk [23] analyzed the experimental results from 12 di erent sources and concluded that this equation can yield a reasonable approximation for them all.16] proposed this model. as follows: " The fth model is resultant of edge splitting experiments. respectively. has the following mathematical form: "( = c1 ) w 3 1+ c3 :e c2 w c4 c 2 w (1+ c3 3 ):e c2 # c4 : (23) They suggested a range for each of the parameters in the above equation. [15.1/3) and a dimensionless wc . Khezrzadeh and M. All of the curves.40 for n and 0. have been sketched simultaneously in a coordinate system. some experimental data indicate that the tail of the softening curve can be extremely long. It will be shown. The rst of these is Petersson's bilinear model [14]. Cornelissen et al. ^= 1 # w ^ 0:31 . The corresponding value of Gf is 133 N/m. which has the following relation: ^. as the direct outcome of an energy consumption theory during the softening 0 < w < 4:226: (20) .8.29-0. wc and u . by this new method. This will be shown in the next section. By using the proposed `master parameter set' and converting the outcome equation into a dimensionless form.12-0. wch = f : (18) ft wch ft In the next section. as follows: 8 h c ^ 1 i n 2 ^c w > ^) 1 1 1 w < nc p (8 2 3 w ^c 8p +1 p2 p2 ^= w h 2 i > ^) w ^ w ^ + p (8 3 w : 1 2 2 2 H. By using the suggested values of Reinhardt [22]. With this normalization procedure. in order to have a single measurement criterion. in the next part of this section. They used a new optimization method to t a softening curve to the results of edge splitting experiments.31. ^ (21) 0<w ^ 5:14: w ^c nc w ^ w ^c w ^ 8p +1 p w ^ ^c w ^<w nc (17) where the dimensionless parameters in Equation 17 are de ned by the following relations: w G ^= . that all of the presented curves have a \Quasi-fractal" counterpart. 4:226 Comparison of `Quasi-Fractal' Softening Curve with Existing Softening Curves A `Quasi-fractal' softening curve. several forms of the softening curve have been proposed for concrete. ^ = 0:0750 0:00652w ^ + 0:9250e 1:614w w ^ 11:5: (22) COMPARISON OF `QUASI-FRACTAL' SOFTENING CURVE WITH COMMON SOFTENING CURVES Introduction of Some Famous Experimental Softening Curves of Concrete As stated above. All the presented softening curves are in their dimensionless form.2 N/mm2 . w ^c = w ch The second model is a power law softening.12 adaptive to any kind of common softening curve. are 0. the total area under the softening curve and the appropriate tensile strength will become equal to one. 0 < n < 1: (19) wc After conducting a series of experiments on concrete. The proposed softening curve for concrete.e. Some typical values for concrete. which have recently been carried out by Slowik et al. The fourth model. He proposed the rst experimental softening curve for concrete. the following relation was obtained: ^ ^ = (1 + 0:1908w ^ 3 ):e 1:343w 0:0049w. The dimensionless form of the `Quasi-fractal' softening curve is. critical opening. Reinhardt [22] suggested values of 0. ^ (24) w ^ < 5:211: An interesting point concerning the above equation. for n. called ELT. is in its deep similarity with the CHR softening curve (Equation 21). with wc as large as 12Gf =ft . the dimensionless form of Equation 19 is. Five experimental softening curves have been chosen for comparison with a `Quasi-fractal' softening curve. 0. which will be called \SVBV" for the length of this paper.. the presented dimensionless form of the `Quasi-fractal' softening curve will be compared to a set of experimental softening curves. This model has the following relation: n w = u 1 .

which is obtained by a comparison of the `Quasi-fractal' model with other models. This criterion is in concordance with the center of the comparison to other softening curves. among a wide range for the parameter. simply by the following relation: Z wc 0 (w) wdw = Gf :w. For comparison of a `Quasi-fractal' softening curve with other softening curves.04 1.95 2.91 1. The presented values in Table 2 help the process of choosing an appropriate value of m.186 1. Di erent proposed softening curves for concrete. because ^ values for of the negligible di erence between the w m = 50 and m = 100 and the good accordance of other curves with m = 100.74 2. The best values of parameter p for selected value of m of acquired adaptive `Quasi-fractal' softening curve in Comparison Model Petersson [14] Reinhardt [22] CHR [15. the selected value for m is equal to 100. The importance of this criterion is in the application of the softening curve. 200 and 400.946 0.19 1.75 ^ for the `Quasi-fractal' softening curves of Table 1. in its dimen^ . The selected value.Interpretation of Tensile Softening in Concrete 13 area of the curves. have been gathered in Table 2.98 1.16] 1.937 0. The best value of parameter p is obtained from a simple algorithm. from Table 2. it is evident that `Quasifractal' softening curves are in very good agreement Table 1. is equal to 100 for Petersson.11 m = 400 3.173 1.115 1. or. from Table 1.62 1.04 1. This algorithm is based on the criterion that. 100. of an adaptive `Quasi-fractal' softening curve. After nding the best ranges for the previously mentioned parameters.193 ^ CHR (w = 1:178) [15. which were 50. p and m. CHR and SVBV curves and 400 for Reinhardt. procedure.93 2. the location of the center of the area of a softening curve is the expositor of the in uence point of the cohesive forces in an existing cohesive zone ahead of a crack.87 m = 200 2. After nding the p values for selected values of m by the above method. which. (25) Figure 5. w is useful in the prediction of the behavior of notched concrete members or structures.153 1. The outcomes for the above algorithm have been collected in Table 1.057 1. because of the indistinct values of p and m. for the parameter. mathematically.944 0.149 1.154 ^ = 2:009) [24] ELT (w 2. the exerted moment by the cohesive zone forces can be calculated.07 2.52 2.81 1.87 1. is the coordinate of the center sionless notation is w of the area of the softening curve on the crack opening axis. one more criterion is required for determining the best pair of parameters.146 1.72 4. in the above equation.177 1. w.79 2. In fact.924 ^ = 1:198) [22] Reinhardt (w 1. m. Each pair of selected softening curves and its `Quasi-fractal' counterpart have been drawn through Figures 6 to 10.79 2. Therefore. The results of the calculation of the center of the area for di erent values of p and m. calculations were performed by a set of assumed values of m. From all the above.78 m = 100 2. where.19 2.208 1.16] ELT [24] SVBV [20] m = 50 1. is a function of two variables.075 1. For the `Quasi-fractal' counterpart of an ELT curve.82 3. the selected value has the least di erence with the objective softening model. a computer program was written to calculate the best adaptive pairs of p and m. Table 2.787 ^ = 1:185) [20] SVBV (w 1. m and p.157 . Calculated values of w Comparison Model m = 50 m = 100 m = 200 m = 400 ^ = 0:987) [14] Petersson (w 0.

itself. SVBV softening curve vs. All of the presented softening curves are resultant of experiments. its `Quasi-fractal' counterpart.. i. is in very close concordance with them. In addition. Figure 7. ELT and SVBV. its `Quasi-fractal' counterpart. Mo d Figure 6. In fact. CHR. its `Quasi-fractal' counterpart. the main merit of the `Quasi-fractal' softening curve is that it is based on a theory for a softening procedure. the di erence between the existing softening curves arises from their di erent fractal dimensions. every softening curve has a counterpart in a `Quasifractal' form. Reinhardt's softening curve vs. because of the negligible di erence in the value of parameter m in all of the studied curves.14 H. On this basis. is based on the microstructure of the concrete. Figure 9.e. ELT softening curve vs. the impact of . with all presented softening curves. In other words. Figure 10. Figure 8. which. Petersson's bilinear softening curve vs. so. Khezrzadeh and M. An interesting point about the acquired result is that the `Quasi-fractal' counterpart of the advanced softening curves. its `Quasi-fractal' counterpart. CHR softening curve vs. its `Quasi-fractal' counterpart. it can be stated that the `Quasi-fractal' softening curve is close to the true materials softening behavior. which is a direct result of the sieve curve of the aggregates.

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