Size effect in quasibrittle failure: Analytical model and numerical simulations using cohesive zone model

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The recent rewriting of the Bažant's size effect law (Morel, 2008) which has suggested the existence of an additional asymptotic regime for intermediate structure sizes is now compared to numerical simulations of fracture of geometrically similar notched structures of different sizes extending over 2.4 decades. The quasibrittle fracture behavior is simulated through cohesive zone model (bilinear softening) using a constant set of cohesive parameters whatever the specimen size D is. The R-curves resulting from the load-displacement responses are estimated and appear as size-independent. On this basis, the different asymptotic regimes expected for the size effect on fracture properties at peak load such as the relative crack length, the resistance to crack growth and the nominal strength are shown in fair agreement with the size effect observed on the results obtained from numerical simulations. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Morel, S., & Dourado, N. (2011). Size effect in quasibrittle failure: Analytical model and numerical simulations using cohesive zone model. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 48(10), 1403–1412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2011.01.014

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