A new computational approach towards the simulation of concrete structures under impulsive loading

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Extraordinary actions such as blast loadings and high velocity impact are rare, but usually have devastating effects. Thus, making critical infrastructures, such as military and governmental facilities, power-plants, dams, bridges, hospitals, etc., more resilient against these hazards is one of the best ways to protect ourselves and our societies. Since concrete is a very common construction material, the development of realistic numerical tools to efficiently simulate its failure behavior under extreme dynamic loading conditions is of paramount importance, but still a major challenge.
This thesis presents a new stress-based nonlocal effective rate-dependent damage model, developed to simulate the dynamic response and failure of concrete during ballistic impact. The proposed isotropic damage formulation combines the effect of three damage modes: (i ) tension (mode I), (i i ) compressive-shear (mode II and mixed-mode) and (i i i ) hydrostatic damage to describe crushing of the cement matrix under pressure. The strain-rate dependent update of the constitutive relations to express the dynamic increase of strength and fracture energy in tension and compression is made a function of an effective rate, instead of the commonly used instantaneous strain rate. An enhanced version of the stress-based nonlocal regularization scheme is used to correct spurious mesh sensitivity. The proposedmodel was developed solely in the effective strain-space, following an entirely explicit computation scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Sluijs, L.J., Supervisor
  • Weerheijm, J., Advisor
Award date1 Dec 2017
Print ISBNs978-94-028-0848-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Concrete
  • Ballistic impact
  • Hydrostatic damage
  • Stress-based nonlocal
  • Effective rate

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