Abstract

Previously, a hard core/soft shell computer model was developed to simulate the overlap and percolation of the interfacial transition zones surrounding each aggregate in a mortar or concrete. The aggregate particles were modelled as spheres with a size distribution representative of a real mortar or concrete specimen. Here, the model has been extended to investigate the effects of aggregate shape on interfacial transition zone percolation, by modelling the aggregates as hard ellipsoids, which gives a dynamic range of shapes from plates to spheres, to fibers. For high performance concretes, the interfacial transition zone thickness will generally be reduced, which will also affect their percolation properties. This paper presents results from a study of the effects of interfacial transition zone thickness and aggregate shape on these percolation characteristics.

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