Within a 3D concrete printing process, concrete is still fresh and possible collapse may occur due to its own weight and lack of formwork. On the other hand, the mechanical characteristics of the material are continuously evolving due to hydration during curing. Withina predictive theory, the constitutive relation of the early age concrete is to be defined in rate form. In this contribution, and due to the soft nature of the problem at hand, a finite strainincremental viscoelastic modeling is adopted. A generalized Maxwell rheological model is used together with a Saint-Venant-like incremental elasticity. A parametric study is conducted on simulated slump-tests to highlight the abilities of the present framework. Clearly, the early age rheology and mechanical properties have a great impact on the buildability of the fresh concrete. A set of simulations is then given for the purpose of demonstration.

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Published on 16/11/23
Submitted on 16/11/23

DOI: 10.23967/c.simam.2023.008
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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