A Markov chain Monte Carlo technique based optimal mix design of porous concrete

Jin, Lu and Zhuge, Yan (2013) A Markov chain Monte Carlo technique based optimal mix design of porous concrete. 3rd International Conference on Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building Materials (CEABM 2013), 357-360. pp. 959-962. ISSN 1660-9336

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Porous concrete is one of the innovative and promising concrete products, which is featured with a relatively high water permeability rate. Compared with conventional concrete products, due to the lack of fine aggregates in the mix design of porous concrete, the void spaces between the coarse aggregates remains unfilled and causes a large amount of porosity in the hardened concrete mass. On the other hand, the strength of porous concrete is usually lower than that of the conventional concrete products due to the lack of fine aggregates. For the purpose of achieving a relatively high strength of porous concrete while maintaining a good permeability of pavements, the mix design of porous concrete is modeled as a Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) system and a Gibbs Sampling method based approach is developed to approximate the optimal mix design. The simulation results show that, by using the proposed approach, the system converges to the optimal solution quickly and the derived optimal mix design achieves the tradeoff between the compressive strength and the permeability rate.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Series: Applied Mechanics and Materials vols 357-360
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 01:20
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 01:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: compressive strength; Gibbs sampling; Markov chain monte carlo; optimal mix design; permeability; porous concrete
Fields of Research : 03 Chemical Sciences > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030307 Theory and Design of Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870301 Cement and Concrete Materials
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.357-360.959
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24035

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