Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 165–175

# 3D fracture modelling and limit state analysis of prestressed composite concrete pipes

• Pengfei He
• Yang Shen
• Yun Gu
• Pangyong Shen
Research Article

## Abstract

In this manuscript, we study fracture of prestressed cylindrical concrete pipes. Such concrete pipes play a major role in tunneling and underground engineering. The structure is modelled fully in 3D using three-dimensional continuum elements for the concrete structure which beam elements are employed to model the reinforcement. This allows the method to capture important phenomena compared to a pure shell model of concrete. A continuous approach to fracture is chosen when concrete is subjected to compressive loading while a combined continuous-discrete fracture method is employed in tension. The model is validated through comparisons with experimental data.

## Keywords

cylindrical concrete structures limit state analysis 3D fracture modelling prestressed composite pipes reinforced concrete three-point bending test

## Notes

### Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the support from the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Science and Technology.

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