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Computers and Concrete
  Volume 13, Number 4, April 2014 , pages 437-456

Lattice discrete particle modeling of compressive failure in hollow concrete blocks
Fatemeh Javidan, Sharif Shahbeyk and Mohammad Safarnejad

    This work incorporates newly introduced Lattice Discrete Particle Model (LDPM) to assess the failure mechanism and strength of hollow concrete blocks. Alongside, a method for the graphical representation of cracked surfaces in the LDPM is outlined. A slightly modified calibration procedure is also suggested and used to estimate required model parameters for a tested concrete sample. Next, the model is verified for a compressively loaded hollow block made of the very same concrete. Finally, four geometries commonly used in the production of hollow concrete blocks are selected, numerically simulated, and their failure properties are explored under concentric and eccentric compressions.
Key Words
    concrete block; failure; lattice discrete particle model; graphical representation; calibration
Fatemeh Javidan, Sharif Shahbeyk and Mohammad Safarnejad: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Jalal Ale Ahmad Highway,
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