Developing an Innovative Field Expedient Fracture Toughness Testing Protocol for Concrete Materials

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The Spiral Notch Torsion Fracture Toughness Test (SNTT) was developed recently to determine the intrinsic fracture toughness (KIC) of structural materials. The SNTT system operates by applying pure torsion to uniform cylindrical specimens with a notch line that spirals around the specimen at a 45 pitch. KIC values are obtained with the aid of a three-dimensional finite-element computer code, TOR3D-KIC. The SNTT method is uniquely suitable for testing a wide variety of materials used extensively in pressure vessel and piping structural components and weldments. Application of the method to metallic, ceramic, and graphite materials has been demonstrated. One important characteristic ... continued below

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Wang, Jy-An John; Liu, Ken C & Naus, Dan J September 1, 2008.

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The Spiral Notch Torsion Fracture Toughness Test (SNTT) was developed recently to determine the intrinsic fracture toughness (KIC) of structural materials. The SNTT system operates by applying pure torsion to uniform cylindrical specimens with a notch line that spirals around the specimen at a 45 pitch. KIC values are obtained with the aid of a three-dimensional finite-element computer code, TOR3D-KIC. The SNTT method is uniquely suitable for testing a wide variety of materials used extensively in pressure vessel and piping structural components and weldments. Application of the method to metallic, ceramic, and graphite materials has been demonstrated. One important characteristic of SNTT is that neither a fatigue precrack or a deep notch are required for the evaluation of brittle materials, which significantly reduces the sample size requirement. In this paper we report results for a Portland cement-based mortar to demonstrate applicability of the SNTT method to cementitious materials. The estimated KIC of the tested mortar samples with compressive strength of 34.45 MPa was found to be 0.19 MPa m.

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  • Report No.: ORNL/TM-2008/155
  • Grant Number: DE-AC05-00OR22725
  • DOI: 10.2172/949999 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 949999
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc935351

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Wang, Jy-An John; Liu, Ken C & Naus, Dan J. Developing an Innovative Field Expedient Fracture Toughness Testing Protocol for Concrete Materials, report, September 1, 2008; [Tennessee]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc935351/: accessed October 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.