A fully general and adaptive inverse analysis method for cementitious materials
Journal article, 2016

The paper presents an adaptive method for inverse determination of the tensile relationship, direct tensile strength and Young's modulus of cementitious materials. The method facilitates an inverse analysis with a multi-linear function. Usually, simple bi- or tri-linear functions are applied when modeling the fracture mechanisms in cementitious materials, but the vast development of pseudo-strain hardening, fiber reinforced cementitious materials require inverse methods, capable of treating multi-linear functions. The proposed method is fully general in the sense that it relies on least square fitting between test data obtained from various kinds of test setup, three-point bending or wedge splitting test, and simulated data obtained by either FEA or analytical models. In the current paper adaptive inverse analysis is conducted on test data obtained from three-point bending of notched specimens and simulated data from a nonlinear hinge model. The paper shows that the results obtained by means of the proposed method is independent on the initial shape of the function and the initial guess of the tensile strength. The method provides very accurate fits, and the increased number of variables describing the relationship constitutes the basis for obtaining detailed information of crack propagation in any cementitious material.


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fiber-reinforced concrete

fictitious crack-propagation

Adaptive method

Least square fitting

Inverse analysis


M. S. Jepsen

L. Damkilde

Ingemar Lövgren

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering

Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions

1359-5997 (ISSN)

Vol. 49 10 4335-4348

Subject Categories

Materials Engineering



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