- Engineering & Materials
- Civil engineering and architecture
- Size effect on strength (civil engineering)
Size effect on strength (civil engineering)
Jirasek, Milan Department of Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Size effect
- Weakest-link (Weibull) theory
- Energetic size effects
- Size-effect sources
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Various types of structures used in civil, mechanical, naval, aerospace, and biomedical engineering must be designed such that they can safely resist loads expected to act upon them during their lifetime. Assessment of the load-carrying capacity of a given structure is the fundamental task of structural analysis. The structure is usually considered as a solid body occupying a given spatial domain and formed by material with given properties. In the traditional approach, it is assumed that the material is a continuum infinitely divisible into arbitrarily small volume elements that have the essential properties of the whole. This fundamental assumption allows decoupling material behavior from the effects of structural geometry.
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