The reinforced concrete structures need to be monitored to ensure their structural integrity, but sometimes those measurements are very local and the instrument is complex to locate physically in the structure and may interfere on it. Digital Image Correlation, DIC, is a non-contact and non-destructive experimental technique capable to measure the displacement field in a big region of a structure with a great accuracy. This allows extracting valuable information from the fracture processes of reinforced concrete structures. Critical for the evaluation of the structural integrity. The identification of the energy dissipated by the structure is essential for the identification of the strength mechanisms that are failing in the structure, and to identify a proper repair. In this paper the penetration of a prestress rebar in concrete is measured with this technique and the energy dissipated by different fractures is fully observed. Comparison is made with traditional measurement techniques. Also, using Fracture Mechanics other valuable information is extracted from the fracture processes of the reinforced concrete beam, such as the Mode I and Mixed Mode fracture energy released at each loading step, which is essential to evaluate the elastic energy that the structure can accumulate before collapse. The examples enable to anticipate the importance of DIC for future studies at large scale of fracture in concrete and other materials related to construction

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Published on 01/01/2017

DOI: 10.5592/CO/BSHM2017.4.3
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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