A Lattice-spring Model for Damage Evolution in Cement Paste

Mingzhong Zhang, Craig N. Morrison, Andrey P. Jivkov
2014 Procedia Materials Science  
To understand better the fracture processes in cement-based materials, it is essential to predict the evolution of damage in cement paste. A recently proposed site-bond model is developed further to take into account the key microstructure data, such as pore size distribution, porosity, and size distribution and volume fraction of anhydrous cement grains obtained from high resolution Xray tomography. The grains are associated with lattice sites linked by deformable bonds. The bonds are bundles
more » ... f elastic-brittle springs, resisting normal and shear relative displacements between grains with potential for failure. The model length scale and thence spring constants are controlled by grain statistics. The spring failure properties are controlled by pore statistics. Macroscopic damage develops by a succession of local failures, represented by spring removal. The model is used to simulate the stress-strain response and damage in cement paste under uniaxial tensile loading. The influence of porosity on tensile strength and damage evolution is estimated in a quantitative manner. The predictions of the model are in a very good agreement with the available experimental data.
doi:10.1016/j.mspro.2014.06.299 fatcat:zmys7qx3v5fixcus2ihwrc35mm