Concrete Science Research Brief: Setting from Statistical Principles

June 1, 2011

A new approach to quantitatively model the formation of cement hydration products, including their mechanical properties is proposed based on basic statistical mechanics. With the bottom-up philosophy, the input comes directly from the atomistic composition of solution and precipitates. Captured by cement-specific inter-particle potentials, investigation and control of microstructure and property evolution during setting become possible. MORE