Both computational modeling and experimental measurements are crucial for improving the assured delivery, performance, and sustainability of concrete. For the last 23 years, this workshop has provided a forum for more than 600 students, faculty, and researchers from industry and government to learn more about computational and experimental methods that are being used to understand, predict, and improve concrete performance. The workshop's goal is to provide a background on the theoretical, computational, and experimental approaches to understanding the processing and performance of concrete materials.
The NIST Computer Modeling Workshop series focuses on the computational and experimental materials science of concrete, including simulation of microstructural development and prediction of physical properties. "Microstructure" ranges from nanometer to meter length scales, while physical properties include pressure-driven fluid transport, rheology, and mechanical properties. Lectures on experimental methods will show how techniques like neutron scattering, electron microscopy, and various X-radiation probes like diffraction and tomography are used to inform and validate models. This portion of the workshop will feature a series of tutorial-style lectures, including a detailed hands-on tutorial on the installation and use of NIST's Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory software. Workshop participants will be given an opportunity to describe their own technical interests in 15-minute presentations.
A detailed program is available below. In addition, an invitation letter is provided here for those who need one to obtain permission to attend the workshop.
Start Date: Monday, August 12, 2013
End Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Location: Building 101, Lecture Room B
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
This workshop is organized in cooperation with ASTM Committees C01 (Cement) and C09 (Concrete).
Online registration is available here. The registration deadline is August 2, 2013.
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