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    • Size effect in self consolidating concrete beams with and without notches

      H Eskandari S Muralidhara B K Raghu Prasad B V Venkatarama Reddy

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      The aim of this study is to obtain the fracture characteristics of low and medium compressive strength self consolidating concrete (SCC) for notched and un-notched plain concrete beams by using work of fracture $G_F$ and size effect model $G_f$ methods and comparing them with those of normal concrete and high performance concrete. The results show that;

      with an increase in compressive strength, $G_F$ increases and $G_f$ decreases;

      with an increase in depth of beam, the decrease in nominal stress of notched beam is more when compared with that of a notchless beam.

    • Handling large variations in mechanics: Some applications

      K Balaji Rao M B Anoop S Muralidhara B K Raghu Prasad

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      There is a need to use probability distributions with power-law decaying tails to describe the large variations exhibited by some of the physical phenomena. The Weierstrass Random Walk (WRW) shows promise for modeling such phenomena. The theory of anomalous diffusion is now well established. It has found number of applications in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. However, its applications are limited in structural mechanics in general, and structural engineering in particular. The aim of this paper is to present some mathematical preliminaries related to WRW that would help in possible applications. In the limiting case, it represents a diffusion process whose evolution is governed by a fractional partial differential equation. Three applications of superdiffusion processes in mechanics, illustrating their effectiveness in handling large variations, are presented.

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