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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 597257, 13 pages
Research Article

Prediction of Splitting Tensile Strength from Cylinder Compressive Strength of Concrete by Support Vector Machine

College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, China

Received 13 May 2013; Revised 24 July 2013; Accepted 25 July 2013

Academic Editor: Pavel Lejcek

Copyright © 2013 Kezhen Yan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Compressive strength and splitting tensile strength are both important parameters that are utilized for characterization concrete mechanical properties. This paper aims to show a possible applicability of support vector machine (SVM) to predict the splitting tensile strength of concrete from compressive strength of concrete, a SVM model was built, trained, and tested using the available experimental data gathered from the literature. All of the results predicted by the SVM model are compared with results obtained from experimental data, and we found that the predicted splitting tensile strength of concrete is in good agreement with the experimental data. The splitting tensile strength results predicted by SVM are also compared to those obtained by using empirical results of the building codes and various models. These comparisons show that SVM has strong potential as a feasible tool for predicting splitting tensile strength from compressive strength.