Modeling cementitious materials as multiphase porous media: Theoretical framework and applications

F. Pesavento, D. Gawin, B. A. Schrefler

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In this paper a general model for the analysis of concrete as multiphase porous material, based on the so-called Hybrid Mixture Theory, is presented. The development of the model equations, taking into account both bulk phases and interfaces of the multiphase system is described, starting from the microscopic scale. An exploration of the second law of thermodynamics is also presented: it allows defining several quantities used in the model, like capillary pressure, disjoining pressure or effective stress, and to obtain some thermodynamic restrictions imposed on the evolution equations describing the material deterioration. Then, two specific forms of the general model adapted to the case of concrete at early ages and beyond and to the case of concrete structures under fire are shown. Some numerical simulations aimed to prove the validity of the approach adopted also are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-339
Number of pages27
JournalActa Mechanica
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Dec 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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