Constitutive Behavior

A Generalized Multi-Scale Approach for the Design of Novel UHPC

  • A. Arora (Arizona State University)
  • B. Mobasher (Arizona State University)
  • N. Neithalath (Arizona State University)


This paper presents a novel strategy to design the binder phase of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) from commonly available cement replacement (fly ash, slag, microsilica, metakaolin) and fine filler (limestone) materials. A packing algorithm is used to extract the number density, mean centroidal distance, and coordination number of the microstructure. Similarly,rheological studies on the pastes provide yield stress, plastic viscosity, and mini-slump spread. The selection criteria involves using the three microstructural and three rheological parameters individually or in combination to define packing and flow coefficients. The selection criteria is flexible enough to allow users modify the constraints depending on the application. The binder with the desired packing and rheological features is combined with aggregate sizes and amounts chosen from a compressible packing model based on maximum packing density. A fiber volume fraction of 1% is also used, along with accommodations for wall and loosening effects. The model is programmed in a user-friendly environment to enable engineers select aggregates from locally available materials. Compressive strengths greater than 150 MPa are obtained for the selected UHPC mixtures after 28 days of moist curing. The strength-normalized cost of such mixtures is only a fraction of that of proprietary UHPCs.

Keywords: Particle Packaging, Ultra High-Performance Concrete, Microstructures

How to Cite:

Arora, A., Mobasher, B. & Neithalath, N., (2019) “A Generalized Multi-Scale Approach for the Design of Novel UHPC”, International Interactive Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete 2(1). doi:

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Published on
01 Jun 2019