A combined experimental-numerical study to tensile behaviour of limestone
In this paper, a combined experimental-computational study of double-edge notched stone specimen subject to cyclic tensile loading is presented. In the experimental part, the load-deformation response and the local displacement field are recorded. Both experimental results are used to validate a numerical model for the description of fracture within finite elements. The model uses displacement discontinuities to model cracks. These discontinuities are implemented using the partition of unity property of finite element shape functions. In the discontinuity, a combined damage-plasticity cohesive law is used. Numerical simulations are compared with experimental observations.