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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This new book on the fracture mechanics of concrete focuses on the latest
developments in computational theories, and how to apply those theories to
solve real engineering problems. Zihai Shi uses his extensive research
experience to present detailed examination of multiple-crack analysis and
Compared with other mature engineering disciplines, fracture mechanics of
concrete is still a developing field with extensive new research and
development. In recent years many different models and applications have been
proposed for crack analysis; the author assesses these in turn, identifying
their limitations and offering a detailed treatment of those which have been
proved to be robust by comprehensive use.
After introducing stress singularity in numerical modelling and some basic
modelling techniques, the Extended Fictitious Crack Model (EFCM) for
multiple-crack analysis is explained with numerical application examples. This
theoretical model is then applied to study two important issues in fracture
mechanics - crack interaction and localization, and fracture modes and maximum
loads. The EFCM is then reformulated to include the shear transfer mechanism on
crack surfaces and the method is used to study experimental problems.
With a carefully balanced mixture of theory, experiment and application, Crack
Analysis in Structural Concrete is an important contribution to this
fast-developing field of structural analysis in concrete.
* Latest theoretical models analysed and tested
* Detailed assessment of multiple crack analysis and multi-mode fractures
* Applications designed for solving real-life engineering problems