The fracture behavior of a novel structural binder developed using carbonation of metallic iron powder is investigated using notched beams under three-point bending. The iron-based binder demonstrates significantly higher fracture energies compared to conventional ordinary Portland cement binders in both unreinforced and glass fiber-reinforced states. The influence of metallic iron particle inclusions and the carbonate binder on the strain energy release rates (R) and width of the fracture process zone (FPZ; which is the zone of strain localization at the tip of the crack) are evaluated and compared to that of Portland cement-based binders. Tensile constitutive response of these binders is extracted using a crack-face bridging model. The control and fiber-reinforced iron-based binders demonstrate higher tensile strength and ultimate strain capacity as compared to conventional cementitious binders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Fracture process zone
  • Iron-based binder
  • R-curve
  • Strain energy
  • Tensile constitutive response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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