Short-term creep of cement paste during nanoindentation Academic Article uri icon


  • Current research interest in multi-scale modeling of cement paste requires accurate characterization of the time-dependent mechanical properties of the material, particularly the C-S-H phase. Nanoindentation is evaluated as a tool for measuring the short-term viscoelastic properties of cement paste. A time-dependent solution derived using the elastic-viscoelastic correspondence principle is used to characterize creep indentation tests performed on hardened cement paste and to extract the time-dependent properties. The effect of approximating C-S-H viscoelastic properties with a time-independent Poisson's ratio or time-independent bulk modulus is discussed, and arguments for utilizing a time-independent Poisson's ratio for short-term response are presented. The measured nanoindentation creep results indicate a trimodal trend both in the displacement versus time response of the test data and also in the extracted viscoelastic uniaxial compliance. Expressions for the mean short-term viscoelastic uniaxial compliance of C-S-H are given and a probability density function of the viscoelastic Young's modulus is plotted. 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Jones, C. A., & Grasley, Z. C.

citation count

  • 56

complete list of authors

  • Jones, Christopher A||Grasley, Zachary C

publication date

  • January 2011