A new method for fracture analysis of reinforced concrete structures is proposed. The concrete is modeled as an assembly of distinct elements made by dividing the concrete virtually. These elements are connected by distributed springs in both normal and tangential directions. The reinforcement bars are modeled as continuous springs connecting elements together. A brief comparison between the proposed method and other numerical techniques like FEM, RBSM and EDEM is carried out to show the strong points of our proposed method.

K. Meguro, H. Tagel-Din. “A New Simplified and Efficient Technique for Fracture Behavior Analysis of Concrete Structures.” INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FRACTURE MECHANICS OF CONCRETE AND CONCRETE STRUCTURES (FRAMCOS-3) Gifu, Japan, Oct. 1998.