Andrea Spagnoli Andrea Carpinteri Sabrina Vantadori


Natural stones like marbles are often employed as façade panels to externally cover buildings. These
natural materials tend to exhibit a quasi-brittle nonlinear fracture behaviour which, conversely to concrete
counterpart, has much less been studied in the literature. In the present paper, an experimental campaign on the
so-called red Verona marble is carried out, and the results are discussed together with some previously
published results on the white Carrara marble. The analysis of the two marbles as a whole allows us to discuss
size effect and to point out the need for additional parameters in order to describe their fracture behaviour. The
study focuses on a two-parameter model which accounts for a characteristic material length. A quantitative
correlation between material microstructure features, obtained from thin sections technique, and the
characteristic material length is proposed.


  1. Latest Oldest Top Comments


    Download data is not yet available.



    How to Cite

    Spagnoli, A., Carpinteri, A., & Vantadori, S. (2015). Interpreting experimental fracture toughness results of quasi-brittle natural materials through multi-parameter approaches. Frattura Ed Integrità Strutturale, 9(33), pages 80–88. https://doi.org/10.3221/IGF-ESIS.33.11

    Most read articles by the same author(s)

    1 2 > >>