New Trends in Fracture Mechanics of Concrete contains Volume 1 of the Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures (FraMCoS-6, Catania, Italy, 17-22 June 2007). It is divided into four parts: (1) Theoretical and Numerical Methods in Fracture Mechanics of Concrete; (2) Experimental Methods in Fracture Mechanics of Concrete; (3) Constitutive Damage Modelling of Concrete; (4) Time Effects in the Damage and Fracture of Concrete.
Over the last twenty years, many theoretical, numerical and experimental methods have evolved in the field of Fracture Mechanics of Concrete. These have led to practical applications in reinforced-concrete design, assessment, monitoring and retrofitting, as well as innovative high-performance and durable cementitious materials. Although Fracture Mechanics of Concrete is now mature as a framework for defining and solving a variety of engineering problems, there is still much work to be done in improving previous theoretical and numerical models, and for re-interpreting established phenomena. In particular, there are new developments in the treatment of scale effects; the implementation of 3D-discretisation; and the combination of continuous and discontinuous models. Other areas of rapid progress are the development of innovative testing techniques; the proposal of non-local and anisotropic constitutive laws; the formulation of lattice and multiscale models, and the development of coupled multifield theories.
The other two volumes comprising the Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures are Design, Assessment and Retrofitting of RC Structures; and High-Performance Concrete, Brick-Masonry and Environmental Aspects. The set presents a wealth of information, and will be useful to professional civil engineers, postgraduate students and researchers.
Preface to Volume1
VOLUME 1 – New Trends in Fracture Mechanics of Concrete
Part I Theoretical and numerical Methods in fracture mechanics of concrete
Part II Experimental Methods in Fracture Mechanics of Concrete
Part III Constitutive damage modelling of concrete
Part IV Time effects in the damage and fracture of concrete
VOLUME 2 – Design, Assessment and Retrofitting of RC Structures
Part V Theoretical and Experimental Investigation on the Mechanical Behavior
of RC Structures
Part VI Practical Problems in RC Structural Applications
Part VII Monitoring and assessment of RC structures
Part VIII Maintenance and retrofitting of RC structures
VOLUME 3 – High-Performance Concrete, Brick-Masonry and Environmental Aspects
Part IX High-Performance Concrete
Part X Fibre reinforced concrete
Part XI Brick-masonry and other Quasi-brittle materials
Part XII Environmental Issues