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Consideration of Grain Size Distribution and Interfacial Transition Zone in the Prediction of Elastic Properties of Cementitious Composites

  • Francois Duplan
  • A. Abou-Chakra
  • A. Turatsinze
  • G. Escadeillas
  • S. Brule
  • F. Masse
Conference paper
Part of the RILEM Bookseries book series (RILEM, volume 8)

Abstract

The purpose of the current article is a micromechanical-based model predicting the elastic properties of cementitious composites exhibiting low elasticity moduli. The model is generalized to composites made of a matrix in which are embedded various spherical concentric inclusions of different radi and properties.

For a given type of aggregate, the grain size distribution is divided into 1 000 discrete elements which volume fractions are determined by linear interpolation.

The following input data needs to be known: the elastic properties, the volume fractions of each phase, and the grain size distribution of each aggregate type. The effective elastic properties of the composite are obtained thanks to a loop-type computation of the analytical model described in this article.

The direct application of this model allows a comparison between experimental and predicted elastic moduli of cement-based mortars made of natural sand and lightweight aggregates.

Keywords

Grain Size Distribution Representative Elementary Volume Cementitious Composite Interfacial Transition Zone Lightweight Aggregate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francois Duplan
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Abou-Chakra
    • 1
  • A. Turatsinze
    • 1
  • G. Escadeillas
    • 1
  • S. Brule
    • 2
  • F. Masse
    • 2
  1. 1.LMDC (Laboratoire Matériaux et, Durabilité des Constructions)Université de Toulouse; UPS, INSAToulouseFrance
  2. 2.MenardNozayFrance

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