As micro-CT devices have become widely available, the detailed 3D microstructures of cementitious materials can be more conveniently investigated. However, owing to the resolution required to appropriately represent the cement-paste microstructures, the domain size of the micro-CT sample is limited. By synergistically combining the virtual and real experiments, correlations between the microstructural characteristics and properties of cement paste with various w/c ratios (0.3, 0.4, 0.5, and 0.6) are investigated at different length scales. The porosity from the micro-CT images are correlated with the macro-scale properties obtained from real experiments. At the micro-scale, the homogenized solid phase properties are characterized from the linear attenuation coefficient (LAC) value distribution characteristic of the micro-CT images and are correlated with the modeling parameters of the phase field fracture. According to the results of virtual experiments conducted using the phase field fracture model and the characterization methods, the mechanical properties (stiffness/strength) at the micro- and macro-scale exhibited apparent relationships.
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This research was supported by grants from the Korea Research Foundation ( NRF-2016R1D1A1B03931635 and NRF-2017R1A4A1014569 ). This work was also supported by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea (No. 20174030201480 ). The micro-CT images were obtained from the synchrotron operated by the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL) in the Republic of Korea.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering