"Don't spoil the party"


2 - 6 October 2017, Delft, The Netherlands

The RILEM Multi-scale Modelling Course for Concrete (MMC2) provides the opportunity for participants to become familiar with modelling cementitious materials at four levels of detail. Different ways of schematization and numerical approaches are considered to simulate the chemical, physical and mechanical behaviour of cementitious materials. The main back-bone of the course are the different modelling levels at which heterogeneous and composite cementitious materials can be schematized and how these different levels can “communicate” by means of parameters passing methods or through upscaling models. The modelling levels that will be taught in this course are the macro-, meso-, micro-, and nano-level. 

The course emphasizes different modelling approaches for each scale level and shows a couple of conceptual techniques on how “numerical gaps” between scale levels can be bridged. The course commences with the macro-scale level where emphasis is on early-age temperature and stresses development of hardening concrete, and how commercial FEM software can be applied. The meso-level deals with fracture mechanics and brittleness with emphasis on the Lattice model, followed by the micro-level which is on the hydration and microstructure properties using pixel and vextor-based approaches, and finally, the nano-level dealing with the backgrounds C-S-H gel using molecular dynamics and ab inito schemes. For the course participants, the MMC2 course provides a chance to acquire a glance of the varieties of numerical possibilities in an intensive course week of lectures and workshops. The course is set-up in such a way that theoretical lectures and practical workshops alternate day by day and, besides this, course participants are also invited to present themselves during elevator pitch talks. There will be a mix of events and topics centred around the theme of multi-scale modelling that makes the course very “dynamic”.

Following the success of the past nine MMC2 courses organized so far (Delft 2008, Nanjing 2009, Bilbao 2010, Delft 2011, Nanjing 2012, Delft 2013, Beijing 2014, Darmstadt 2015, Nanjing 2016), in 2017 the course will be organized at home at the Microlab of Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

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