Crack Interaction in Concrete

  1. Prof. F. H. Wittmann
  1. Chunxia Shi,
  2. Arie G. van Dam,
  3. Jan G.M. van Mier and
  4. Bert Sluys

Published Online: 23 DEC 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527606211.ch17

Materials for Buildings and Structures, Volume 6

Materials for Buildings and Structures, Volume 6

How to Cite

Shi, C., van Dam, A. G., van Mier, J. G.M. and Sluys, B. (2000) Crack Interaction in Concrete, in Materials for Buildings and Structures, Volume 6 (ed F. H. Wittmann), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527606211.ch17

Editor Information

  1. ETH Zürich, Institut für Baustoffe, Werkstoffchemie und Korrosion, ETH Hönggerberg, HIF E12, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 DEC 2005
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527301256

Online ISBN: 9783527606214



  • fracture mechanics of cement-based materials;
  • crack interaction in concrete;
  • uniaxial tensile tests


This paper describes a series of uniaxial tensile tests on two different concretes. Cracks were triggered by edge notches which had an off-set in the direction of the load. The load was applied in deformation control. The crack formation and development were accurately monitored. The results show the influence of notch displacement and grain size on the crack pattern and fracture energy. Some preliminary numerical lattice simulations have been carried out for the comparison with the experimental results.