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EPSRC Reference: GR/R09244/01
Title: Thermo-Mechanical & Hygral Coupling In Concrete
Principal Investigator: Purnell, Professor P
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Department: Sch of Engineering
Organisation: University of Warwick
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 May 2001 Ends: 31 October 2004 Value (£): 137,841
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Civil Engineering Materials
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction Manufacturing
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This is fundamental research project, which studies the coupling effects of stress, temperature and moisture movement in concrete and their influence on the deformational response of the material. The project will investigate the mechanics of interaction between temperature (heat conduction), thermal damage, stress induced anisotropy, and water and vapour diffusion, and the coupling together of these effects into a transient finite element algorithm. The main outcomes include:(i) a robust computational procedure to study the mechanisms that influence material behaviour in aggressive environments;(ii) the predictive capability to study the performance of concrete in a wide range of regimes of temperature, load, and moisture movement and intrusion.The significance of the research lies mainly with its theoretical and computational contributions to this central issue in the durability and life-time performance of concrete, namely the coupling of thermal, stress, and diffusion effects, and with the enhancement of international links and collaborative ventures with groups in Europe.
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