Stress induced dissolution and time-dependent deformation of portland cement paste Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Elsevier Ltd While the stress-induced dissolution of various minerals has gained attention as an important time-dependent deformation mechanism, this has only sparingly been investigated in portland cement systems. In this paper, X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) is used to make direct observations of the microstructural evolution in cement paste samples under different levels of stress during their first 60 h of hydration. Stiffness and creep measurements are also made while imaging the changes in the microstructure. The results show that stress applied at ages between 24 h and 60 h caused an increase in stiffness, increase in early age creep, and a statistically higher amount of dissolution of individual particles near the point of load application.

author list (cited authors)

  • Moradian, M., Ley, M. T., & Grasley, Z. C.

citation count

  • 11

publication date

  • November 2018