Investigation of mechanical properties and microstructure of cement paste with glass beads using crack phase field model and lineal-path function

Numer wydania: 2018/3, strona 239
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Understanding the mechanical properties and their relation to the microstructure of cement paste is crucial for evaluating the performance of existing cementitious materials and for designing new cementitious materials. In this work, a diffusive crack phase field model is applied to multiple-microcrack propagation simulations of cementitious materials with random spherical voids experiencing direct tension. The mechanical properties evaluated using this model are further compared with the characteristics of the lineal-path function, one of the low-order probability functions. Through the analysis, it is found that the lineal-path function can be effective for characterizing the solid phase connectivity in relation to mechanical properties and anisotropy.