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Computers and Concrete
  Volume 8, Number 6, December2011, pages 647-675

The origins and evolution of cement hydration models
Tiantian Xie and Joseph J. Biernacki

    Our ability to predict hydration behavior is becoming increasingly relevant to the concrete community as modelers begin to link material performance to the dynamics of material properties and chemistry. At early ages, the properties of concrete are changing rapidly due to chemical transformations that affect mechanical, thermal and transport responses of the composite. At later ages, the resulting, nano-, micro-, meso- and macroscopic structure generated by hydration will control the life-cycle performance of the material in the field. Ultimately, creep, shrinkage, chemical and physical durability, and all manner of mechanical response are linked to hydration. As a way to enable the modeling community to better understand hydration, a review of hydration models is presented offering insights into their mathematical origins and relationships one-to-the-other. The quest for a universal model begins in the 1920
Key Words
    modeling; portland cement; hydration; simulation; tricalcium silicate; alite.
Tiantian Xie and Joseph J. Biernacki: Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, TN 38505, USA

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