# Measurement of Characteristic Length of Nonlocal Continuum

@article{Baant1989MeasurementOC, title={Measurement of Characteristic Length of Nonlocal Continuum}, author={Zdeněk P. Ba{\vz}ant and Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot}, journal={Journal of Engineering Mechanics-asce}, year={1989}, volume={115}, pages={755-767} }

The characteristic length of a heterogeneous brittle material such as concrete represents a material property that governs the minimum possible width of a zone of strain‐softening damage in nonlocal continuum formulations or the minimum possible spacing of cracks in discrete fracture models. This length is determined experimentally. The basic idea is to compare the response of two types of specimens, one in which the tensile softening damage remains distributed and one in which it localizes…

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