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Version 1.0 of CEMHYD3D included three computer programs (statsimp.c, corrcalc.c, and corrxy2r.c) for analyzing a segmented image of a two-dimensional cement (powder) microstructure to obtain the necessary correlation files for the two-dimensional to three-dimensional conversion of cement particles to be described subsequently. These programs have not changed and are still available for downloading from the ftp site. For version 2.0 of CEMHYD3D, an online database of cement images was created that contains representative segmented images, along with the necessary particle size distribution (PSD) and phase correlation files for creating three-dimensional microstructures. The database contains links to the ftp locations from where the PSD and correlation files can be downloaded. The complete database is available at http://ciks.cbt.nist.gov/bentz/phpct/database/images. Between the release of version 2.0 in 2000 and the issue of the current release, the database has nearly doubled in size, going from 14 to 27 different cements, of varying chemical composition and PSD.


The algorithms, procedures, and computer programs described in this report constitute a methodology for modeling the microstructural development and performance properties of cement based materials. They have been compiled from the best knowledge and understanding currently available, but have important limitations that must be understood and considered by the user. The program is intended for use by persons competent in the field of cement-based materials and with some familiarity with computers. It is intended as an aid in the materials selection, optimization, and design process.

Sample Screenshots:

Cement Particle Screenshot 

Example of a cement powder image.


The time domain of a two-dimensional cement (tricalcium silicate) microstructure during hydration.

A "fly-through" of a three-dimensional computational cube filled with (digitized) spherical cement particles.


Version: 3.0

Last Updated: June 2005

Type of software: Three-dimensional cement hydration and microstructure development modelling package



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The U.S. Department of Commerce makes no warranty, expressed or implied, to users of CEMHYD3D and associated computer programs, and accepts no responsibility for its use. Users of CEMHYD3D assume sole responsibility under Federal law for determining the appropriateness of its use in any particular application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use; and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analyses performed using these tools.

Users are warned that CEMHYD3D is intended for use only by those competent in the field of cement-based materials and is intended only to supplement the informed judgment of the qualified user. The software package is a computer model which may or may not have predictive value when applied to a specific set of factual circumstances. Lack of accurate predictions by the model could lead to erroneous conclusions with regard to materials selection and design. All results should be evaluated by an informed user. 


General Information:
Dale P. Bentz, Chemical Engineer, Inorganic Materials Group 301-975-5865 Telephone

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8615
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8615