Micromechanical multiscale fracture model for compressive strength of blended cement pastes

The evolution of compressive strength belongs to the most fundamental properties of cement paste. Driven by an increasing demand for clinker substitution, the paper presents a new four-level micromechanical model for the prediction of compressive strength of blended cement pastes. The model assumes that the paste compressive strength is governed by apparent tensile strength of the calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) globule. The multiscale model takes into account the volume fractions of relevant chemical phases and encompasses a spatial gradient of C-S-H between individual grains. The presence of capillary pores, the C-S-H spatial gradient, clinker minerals, supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs), other hydration products, and air further decrease compressive strength. Calibration on 95 experimental compressive strength values shows that the apparent tensile strength of the C-S-H globule yields approx. 320 MPa. Sensitivity analysis reveals that the “C-S-H/space” ratio, followed by entrapped or entrained air and the spatial gradient of C-S-H, have the largest influence on compressive strength.


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  • Accession Number: 01598265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 2016 4:19PM