Five-phase sphere equivalent model of recycled concrete and numerical simulation based on the base force element method
Article publication date: 8 October 2020
Issue publication date: 30 June 2021
This paper aims to propose the five-phase sphere equivalent model of recycled concrete, which can be used to deduce the theoretical formulas for the Poisson’s ratio and effective elastic modulus.
At a mesoscopic level, the equivalent model converts the interfacial layer, which consists of the new interfacial transition zone (ITZ), the old mortar and the old (ITZ), into a uniform equivalent medium. This paper deduces a strength expression for the interfacial transition zone at the microscopic level using the equivalent model and elastic theory. In addition, a new finite element method called the base force element method was used in this research.
Through numerical simulation, it was found that the mechanical property results from the five-phase sphere equivalent model were in good agreement with those of the random aggregate model. Furthermore, the proposed model agree on quite well with the available experimental data.
The equivalent model can eliminate the influence of the interfacial layer on the macroscopic mechanical properties, thereby improving the calculation accuracy and computational efficiency. The proposed model can also provide a suitable model for multi-scale calculations.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation of China (10972015, 11172015), Beijing Natural Science Foundation (8162008).
Peng, Y., Wu, Z., Ying, L. and Yang, D. (2021), "Five-phase sphere equivalent model of recycled concrete and numerical simulation based on the base force element method", Engineering Computations, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 1957-1977. https://doi.org/10.1108/EC-08-2019-0352
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