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A polydispersed particle system representation of the porosity for non-saturated cementitious materials

Abstract : In this paper, the porosity of cementitious materials is described in terms of pore size distribution by means of a 3-dimensional overlapping sphere system with polydispersivity in size. On the basis of results established by Lu et Torquato (1) and Torquato (2) providing relations for nearest-neighbor distribution functions, the volume fraction of pores having a radius larger than a prescribed value are explicitly expressed. By adopting an appropriate size distribution function for the sphere system, it is shown that the pore size distribution of cementitious materials as detected for instance by mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP), which generally points out several pore classes, can be well approached. On the basis of this porosity representation, the evaluation of the capillary pressure in function of the saturation degree is provided. The model is then applied to the simulation of the saturation degree versus relative humidity adsorption curves. The impact of the pore size distribution, the temperature and the thickness of the adsorbed water layer on these parameters are assessed and analyzed for three model materials having different pore characteristics.
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B. Bary. A polydispersed particle system representation of the porosity for non-saturated cementitious materials. Cement and Concrete Research, Elsevier, 2006, 36, ⟨10.1016/j.cemconres.2006.07.001⟩. ⟨cea-02355763⟩

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