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L. Chunjiang et alii, Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale, 35 (2016) 500-508; DOI: 10.3221/IGF-ESIS.35.56 500 Influence of different sizes of concrete and roller compacted concrete on double-K fracture parameters Liu Chunjiang School of Civil Engineering, Chang’an University, Shanxi, Xi’an, 710061, China Zhang Huabo Shandong Rong Cheng Construction Group Co., Ltd., Shandong, Rongcheng, 264300, China Lv Ninghua Rongcheng Jiu Zhou Project Management Ltd., Shandong, Rongcheng, 264300, China A BSTRACT . Affected by physical properties of various components, characteristics and stress states of junction surface and other multiple factors, concrete, as a kind of multi-phase composite material, has complicated failure mechanism, thus making its fracture mechanism research difficult. But concrete has been widely used in engineering construction, so research on concrete fracture theory is of important realistic significance and construction value. This study discusses influence rule of specimen size and crack-depth ratio (α 0 /h) on double- K fracture parameters (initial fracture toughness ini IC K and unstable fracture toughness un IC K ) and its size effects by using fracture test. Different sizes of concretes and roller compacted concrete (RCC) specimens are adopted to explore influence of specimen size on concrete double-K fracture parameters. Results reveal that initial fracture toughness ini IC K and unstable fracture toughness un IC K increase as specimen size enlarges, showing a size effect; besides, subcritical crack extends with the increase of specimen size. With regard to specimens with different crack-depth ratios, its unstable fracture toughness un IC K is unrelated to initial crack-depth ratio when crack-depth ratio is more than or equal to 0.4, while initial fracture toughness ini IC K is correlated with initial crack-depth ratio, which indicate that double-K fracture parameters can be considered as material constants describing concrete initial fracture, stable expansion and whole process of stability failure. K EYWORDS . Concrete; Fracture; Double-K fracture parameters; Crack-depth ratio. I NTRODUCTION o date, fracture mechanics is applied in concrete structure from three aspects [1]: first is research on fracture mechanism of concrete; second is decision of endanger degree of some serious cracks in concrete structure, for example, stability analysis of crack in pier, upstream face crack in massive-head dam and pressure vessel crack of prestressed concrete (PC) in atomic power station; third is improvement of design method of concrete structure, for T