Concrete Science Research Brief: When Fracture Stems From the Atom

November 1, 2012

We propose a new approach to study fracture properties by molecular simulation valid for both brittle and ductile materials. This research highlights the possibility to understand and engineer the fracture resistance starting from the smallest scale. For instance, it suggests that a binder-mineral interface with high ductility and a significant stiffness contrast may improve significantly the fracture resistance of concrete. MORE