Validation of numerical model of water transport in cracked cement-based materials under unsaturated conditions through X-Ray Attenuation Contrast Micro Tomography

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


The main aim of the STSM was to obtain X-Ray micro tomography’s of time-resolved 3D moisture profiles during permeation test on sound and cracked mortar for validation of the 3D water transport model created by the applicant. In particular, the experimental results alone will provide useful insights about the influence of porosity, crack width and SAPs on moisture transport in cement-based materials. In practice, the STSM is aimed to make use of the cutting-edge Environmental Micro-CT (EMCT) scan, expertise and data reconstruction software’s at the Host Institution: Ghent University, in Belgium.
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsCOST Action15202


  • microtomography
  • moisture transport
  • mortar
  • cracks