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Distilling middle-age cement hydration kinetics from observed data using phased hybrid evolution


The hydration of cement is of great importance to the formation of the microstructure and development of strength. However, the complex nature of cement hydration results in that the existing manually derived model from some assumptions that are made to simplify the problem and make it mathematically and computationally tractable is not satisfactory in comparison with experimental results. In this paper, the middle-age hydration kinetics is distilled from observed data reversely using phased hybrid evolution method. The task that distils the hydration kinetics is divided into two phases and combines different algorithms. Furthermore, some strategies are also adopted for enhancement. To solve the problem of high time complexity, the searching process is accelerated by graphics processing units in parallel. The middle-age cement hydration kinetics model is distilled successfully from observed data. Studies show that the simulation result is close to the same with experimental results according to the distilled kinetics.

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    These specimens were provided by The Cement Quality Supervision and Inspection Station of Shandong Province, China.


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This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 61203105, No. 61173078, No. 61373054, No. 61173079, No. 81301298, No.61302128. Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation, China, under Grant No. ZR2012FQ016, No. ZR2012FM010. National Key Technology Research and Development Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology under Grant 2012BAF12B07-3.

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Wang, L., Yang, B. & Abraham, A. Distilling middle-age cement hydration kinetics from observed data using phased hybrid evolution. Soft Comput 20, 3637–3656 (2016).

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  • Evolutionary computation
  • Cement hydration kinetics
  • Reverse modeling