Fonseca, P. C. and Jennings, H. M. and Andrade, J. E. (2011) A nanoscale numerical model of calcium silicate hydrate. Mechanics of Materials, 43 (8). pp. 408-419. ISSN 0167-6636 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20110906-152521681
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This manuscript presents a numerical model of the low-density and high-density calcium–silicate–hydrate (C–S–H) gel phases in cement paste. Generated using an autocatalytic growth algorithm, C–S–H is introduced as an assemblage of discrete granular particles at nanoscale with realistic particle-level properties, such as elastic modulus, friction, and cohesion. Using the discrete element method, nanoindentation simulations are performed on each phase, demonstrating that its mechanical contact properties compare well to the results from nanoindentation experiments in the literature. By creating an additional loosely packed phase of C–S–H and maintaining constant particle-level material properties, the results further show that the indentation modulus, as a function of the volumetric packing fraction of the C–S–H gel phase, compares well to a linear self-consistent scaling relation while the hardness most closely fits a nonlinear self-consistent scaling relation.
|Additional Information:||© 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Received 21 December 2009; revised 25 April 2011. Available online 31 May 2011.|
|Subject Keywords:||DEM; Nanoindentation; Microstructure; C-S-H|
|Official Citation:||P.C. Fonseca, H.M. Jennings, J.E. Andrade, A nanoscale numerical model of calcium silicate hydrate, Mechanics of Materials, Volume 43, Issue 8, August 2011, Pages 408-419, ISSN 0167-6636, DOI: 10.1016/j.mechmat.2011.05.004. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167663611000925)|
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|Deposited By:||Ruth Sustaita|
|Deposited On:||06 Sep 2011 22:37|
|Last Modified:||06 Sep 2011 22:37|
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