[2022] What is Flexural Strength of Concrete|Modulus of Rupture

In this article, we explain what is flexural strength of concrete, Formula of flexural strength of concrete as per IS 456, how to determine flexural strength of concrete, etc.

So read the article till the end.

What is Flexural strength of concrete?

Let’s first understand the concept,

The concrete section is divided into two parts by the help of imaginary line that is Neutral axis.

At Neutral Axis, the compressive stress or tensile stress will be zero.

The compressive stress should be maximum at top of beam section above the neutral axis. While, the tensile stress should be maximum at the bottom of beam section that is below the neutral axis.

The amount of stress taken by the concrete of tensile portion that is below the neutral axis portion, is the modulus of rupture of concrete.

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Explanation of Flexural strength of concrete

Consider a beam which is under a heavy gravity loads & these load develop stress in beam.

Now, due to load, beam try to deflect.

The deflection of beam develop a tensile stress at lower part of beam, while a compressive stress at top of beam section.

Flexural strength of concrete

The concrete above the neutral axis is subjected to compressive stress, that’s why it is called as a compressive zone of beam.

While, the concrete below the neutral axis is subjected to tensile stress, that’s why it is called as a tensile zone of beam.

The compressive &tension zone of concrete allow some permissible stress in beam. If the stress exceeds the permissible value, start cracking in beam.

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Definition of Flexural strength of concrete | Modulus of Rupture

The ultimate tensile stress (due to bending) taken by the concrete of tension zone of beam is known as the flexural strength of concrete.

Flexural strength is also known as Modulus of rupture of concrete or Bend strength of concrete or transverse rupture of concrete.

If the tensile stress in a concrete exceeds it’s permissible limit, causes cracks at the bottom face of beam.

Flexural failure of beam

The cracking of beam due to bending tensile stress is known as a flexural failure of beam.

Formula of Flexural strength of concrete

For the designing purpose, Indian standard (IS 456) recommend for modulus of rupture of concrete should be give below.

Flexural strength of concrete = 0.7 x √fck

Where, fck = characteristics strength of concrete.

Permissible Stress in Concrete

FckDirect TensionBending TensionDirect CompressionBending Compression

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How to determine flexural strength of concrete?


  • Universal testing machine
  • Beam moulds
  • Tamping bars
  • 4 steel rollers
  • Scoop and trowel
  • Electronic weighing machine


It is determine by central point loading or two point loading.

One point or two point loaf Flexural strength test for concrete

150mmx150mmx700mm size concrete specimen used in this test.

The bead of the machine provided with two steel rollers which have 38mm diameter.


These roller are mounted at 400 mm center to center for 100mm concrete specimen, and 600mm center to center for 150 mm concrete specimen.

spacing of rollers in flexural strength test of concrete

The point load applied through steel roller which is mounted at the top of machine. It’s diameter is same as bed rollers.

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In case of two point loading, the top rollers are mounted at 200cm or 133cm center to center distance.

The concrete specimen prepared as per required specification and placed in mould in 3layers and temp 25 blows on each layer.

For the hardening of concrete, specimen keep 24 hours in room temperature.

After 24 hours, it is placed in water for curing purpose for 14 to 28 days as per requirement.

After the curing, the specimen placed in machine Longitudinaly, then load is applied.

Load applied on specimen of flexural test of concrete

The load is applied at the rate of loading of 400kg/min for 150mm specimen and at rate of 180kg/min for 100mm specimen.

Note down the load at which concrete specimen fails by developing cracks.

Now measure the distance between line of fracture and nearest support. Consider this “a”.

Modulus of rupture of concrete

If a>200mm for 150mm specimen or a>130mm for 100mm.

Flexural strength or modulus of rupture should be

Fb = (P x L) /(bd^2)

If a<200mm & a>170mm for 150mm specimen or a<133mm & a>110 for 100mm specimen

Flexural strength or modulus of rupture should be

Fb = (3Pa) /(bd^2)

Where, b = width of the beam in mm

d= failure point depth in millimeter

L= supported length in millimeter

P = maximum load applied to the beam in kilograms.

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