Microstructure informed micromechanical modelling of hydrated cement paste: Techniques and challenges

Hongzhi Zhang, Yading Xu*, Yidong Gan, Ze Chang, Erik Schlangen, Branko Šavija

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Application of micromechanical modelling of hydrated cement paste (HCP) gains more and more interests in the field of cementitious materials. One of the most promising approaches is the use of so-called microstructure informed micromechanical models, which provides a direct link between microstructure and mechanical properties. In order to properly model the micromechanical properties of HCP, advanced mechanical models, well-characterised microstructures and proper input parameters are required. However, due to the complex material structure of HCP, this is not an easy to achieve for any of the three aforementioned aspects. Therefore, this paper aims at reviewing of the techniques that have been developed to contribute to the micromechanical modelling. Basic principles, corresponding research results, recent advances and limitations are given. It is expected that this review can help researchers make reasonable choices on techniques for the micromechanical modelling of cementitious materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118983
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Hydrated cement paste
  • Micromechanical modelling
  • Microstructure


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