Modelling of microstructure of asr influenced cement-based materials

Xiujiao Qiu, J. Chen, G. Ye, Geert De Schutter

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Abstract

ASR (alkali-silica reaction) is one of the toughest durability problems in engineering. However, the damage induced by ASR is still fairly unpredictable due to the lack of microstructural information of cement-based materials affected by ASR, while the microstructure determines the global performance. In order to fill this gap, a multiscale simulation model of ASR is under development. The basic theory and assumptions about this multiscale model can be found in [8]. This paper illustrates how the microstructure evolution of cement-based materials induced by ASR is achieved by this model. In the model, the entire chemical process including dissolution of reactive aggregate, nucleation and growth of ASR products (alkali silicate complex, calcium alkali silicate complex), is quantitatively simulated based on the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters. Furthermore, the 3D heterogeneous aggregate is numerically simulated using stereology based on the data from 2D thin-section. As a result, the dissolution degree of aggregate, the amount and location of ASR products and the porosity change can be traced. These micro parameters can be used for the simulation of crack formation in mesoscale. Similarly, the macroscale damage can be predicted based on the simulation results from mesoscale.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Rilem Conference on Microstructure Related Durability of Cementitious Composites
Subtitle of host publicationMicrodurability 2020
EditorsGuang Ye, Hua Dong, Jiaping Liu, Erik Schlangen, Changwen Miao
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Pages974-981
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6366-422-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event4th International Rilem Conference on Microstructure Related Durability of Cementitious Composites - Online, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Apr 202127 May 2021
Conference number: 4
https://www.microdurability2020.com/99721

Conference

Conference4th International Rilem Conference on Microstructure Related Durability of Cementitious Composites
Abbreviated titleMicrodurability
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period29/04/2127/05/21
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Keywords

  • ASR
  • microstructure;
  • multi-scale modelling
  • heterogeneous aggregate
  • kinetics and thermodynamics

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