A poromechanical model of freezing concrete to elucidate damage mechanisms associated with substandard aggregates Academic Article uri icon


  • A poromechanical composite model is developed to predict time-dependent stress and strain fields in freezing concrete containing aggregates with undesirable combinations of geometry and constitutive properties. Sensitivity of the stress fields to the aggregate and matrix constitutive parameters is assessed to inform improved concrete design. The model trends presented in this paper are in agreement with experimental results from literature. The model indicates that for both air-entrained and non-air-entrained concrete, destructive tensile stress may be triggered at the aggregate-matrix boundary, with the severity enhanced by the Mandel-Cryer effect. It is determined that high-porosity, low-permeability aggregates are most vulnerable to D-cracking. 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Rahman, S., & Grasley, Z.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Rahman, Syeda||Grasley, Zachary

publication date

  • January 2014