|Title||Nanostructure and nanomechanics of cement: polydisperse colloidal packing|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Masoero E, Del Gado E, Pellenq RJean-Marc, Ulm F-J, Yip S|
|Journal||Physical review letters|
|Pagination||Article Number: 155503|
Cement setting and cohesion are governed by the precipitation and growth of calcium-silicate-hydrate, through a complex evolution of microstructure. A colloidal model to describe nucleation, packing, and rigidity of calcium-silicate-hydrate aggregates is proposed. Polydispersity and particle size dependent cohesion strength combine to produce a spectrum of packing fractions and of corresponding elastic properties that can be tested against nanoindentation experiments. Implications regarding plastic deformations and reconciling current structural characterizations are discussed.