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Xu, Y. (author), Zhang, H. (author), Šavija, B. (author), Chaves Figueiredo, S. (author), Schlangen, E. (author)
A method is presented to model deformation and fracture behavior of 3D printed disordered lattice materials under uniaxial tensile load. A lattice model was used to predict crack pattern and load-displacement response of the printed lattice materials. To include the influence of typical layered structures of 3D printed materials in the...
journal article 2019
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Zhang, H. (author), Šavija, B. (author), Lukovic, M. (author), Schlangen, E. (author)
This work proposes a method for numerically investigating the fracture mechanism of cement paste at the microscale based on X-ray computed tomography and nanoindentation. For this purpose, greyscale level based digital microstructure was generated by X-ray microcomputed tomography with a resolution of 2 μm/voxel length. In addition,...
journal article 2019
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Zhang, H. (author), Gan, Y. (author), Xu, Y. (author), Zhang, S. (author), Schlangen, E. (author), Šavija, B. (author)
The aim of this work is to predict the micromechanical properties of interfacial transition zone (ITZ) by combining experimental and numerical approaches. In the experimental part, hardened cement paste (HCP) cantilevers (200 μm × 100 μm × 100 μm) attached to a quartzite aggregate were fabricated and tested using micro-dicing saw and...
journal article 2019
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Šavija, B. (author), Zhang, H. (author), Schlangen, E. (author)
Properties of concrete are, to a large extent, dependent on the properties of its binding constituent, hydrated cement paste. Therefore, knowledge of properties of hydrated cement paste is crucial for predicting concrete behavior. This paper presents an experimentally informed approach for modeling elastic and transport properties of cement...
journal article 2019
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Zhang, H. (author), Šavija, B. (author), Schlangen, E. (author)
This work presents a study of stochastic fracture properties of cement paste at the micro length scale based on a combination of X-ray computed tomography (XCT) technique and discrete lattice type fracture model. Thirty virtual specimens consisting of pore, outer hydration products, inner hydration products and anhydrous cement particles were...
journal article 2018
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Gan, Y. (author), Zhang, H. (author), Šavija, B. (author), Schlangen, E. (author), van Breugel, K. (author)
Cement paste is the main binding component in concrete and thus its fundamental properties are of great significance for understanding the fracture behaviour as well as the ageing process of concrete. One major aim of this paper is to characterize the micromechanical properties of cement paste with the aid of a nanoindenter. Besides, this paper...
journal article 2018
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Zhang, H. (author), Šavija, B. (author), Schlangen, E. (author)
The aim of this paper is to investigate the fracture performance of cement paste at micro scale by both experimental and numerical methods. Micro cubic specimens with length of 100 µm were fabricated by precision cutting, grinding and micro-dicing, and tested by splitting with a wedge tip mounted on a nano-indenter. A nominal splitting...
journal article 2018
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Zhang, H. (author), Šavija, B. (author), Xu, Y. (author), Schlangen, E. (author)
Cement paste possesses complex microstructural features including defects/pores over a range of length-scales, from nanometres to millimetres in size. As a consequence, it exhibits different behaviour under loading depending on the size. In this work, cubic specimens in a size range of 1: 400 were produced and tested by a one-sided splitting...
journal article 2018
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Šavija, B. (author), Zhang, H. (author), Schlangen, E. (author)
Excessive cracking can be a serious durability problem for reinforced concrete structures. In recent years, addition of microencapsulated phase change materials (PCMs) to concrete has been proposed as a possible solution to crack formation related to temperature gradients. However, the addition of PCM microcapsules to cementitious materials...
journal article 2017
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Zhang, H. (author), Šavija, B. (author), Chaves Figueiredo, S. (author), Lukovic, M. (author), Schlangen, E. (author)
This work aims to provide a method for numerically and experimentally investigating the fracture mechanism of cement paste at the microscale. For this purpose, a new procedure was proposed to prepare micro cement paste cubes (100 × 100 × 100 µm3) and beams with a square cross section of 400 × 400 µm2. By loading the cubes to failure with a...
journal article 2016
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Poelma, R.H. (author), Morana, B. (author), Vollebregt, S. (author), Schlangen, H.E.J.G. (author), Van Zeijl, H.W. (author), Fan, X. (author), Zhang, G.Q. (author)
The porous nature of carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays allows for the unique opportunity to tailor their mechanical response by the infiltration and deposition of nanoscale conformal coatings. Here, we fabricate novel photo-lithographically defined CNT pillars that are conformally coated with amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC) to strengthen the...
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