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On the Tortuosity-Connectivity of Porous Materials

Version 1 : Received: 12 May 2021 / Approved: 14 May 2021 / Online: 14 May 2021 (16:17:16 CEST)

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Fenaux, M.; Reyes, E.; Gálvez, J.C.; Moragues, A.; Bernal, J. On the Tortuosity-Connectivity of Cement-Based Porous Materials. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5812. Fenaux, M.; Reyes, E.; Gálvez, J.C.; Moragues, A.; Bernal, J. On the Tortuosity-Connectivity of Cement-Based Porous Materials. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5812.

Journal reference: Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5812
DOI: 10.3390/app11135812

Abstract

In this work, the transport equations of ionic species in concrete are studied. First, the equations at the porescale are considered, which are then averaged over a representative elementary volume. The so obtained transport equations at the macroscopic scale are thoroughly examined and each term is interpreted. Furthermore, it is shown that the tortuosity-connectivity does not slow the average speed of the ionic species down. The transport equations in the representative elementary volume are then compared with the equations obtained in an equivalent pore. Lastly, comparing Darcy’s law and the Hagen-Poiseuille equation in a cylindrical equivalent pore, the tortuosity-connectivity parameter is obtained for four di erent concretes. The proposed model provides very good results when compared with the experimentally obtained chloride profiles for two additional concretes.

Subject Areas

Tortuosity; Microscale-Macroscale; Averaging; Equivalent Pore; Ion Transport; Concrete

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