Special Issue "Micromechanical Simulations of Construction and Building Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: micromechanics; multiscale modeling; coupled problems; numerical methods; silicate-based construction materials
Our civilization uses construction and building materials extensively, especially for civil and infrastructure projects. Recent advances in experimental techniques, material models, and numerical mechanics can explore mechanical behavior on much finer scales, identifying the key elements responsible for the macroscale behavior and replacing several experiments with virtual testing. Focus has traditionally been given to cementitious binders, concrete, wood, glass, ceramics, resins, and plastics, but also to emerging bio-inspired and bio-mimicking materials. Micromechanical simulations can describe several phenomena originating from heterogeneous composition, e.g., elastic and viscoelastic behavior, plasticity and small-scale yielding, strength scaling, interface performance, microcrack formation and propagation, and self-healing capabilities. Multiphysical linked/coupled simulations incorporating micromechanics are also welcomed, e.g., thermomechanical or hygromechanical behavior.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit original research papers within the scope of this Special Issue. Short communication and state-of-the-art reviews will also be greatly appreciated.
Assoc. Prof. Vít Šmilauer
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- Heterogeneous materials
- Virtual testing