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Analysis of Sensitivity of VCCTL Measurements to Various Input Quantities



Adriana Hornikova, Blaza Toman, Nien F. Zhang, Hung-Kung Liu, Robert C. Hagwood, Edward J. Garboczi, Jeffrey W. Bullard


Virtual measurements are the outputs of well-defined mathematical models based on theoretical principles and simulation algorithms. The VCCTL (Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory) is a software system built by the Material and Construction Research Division of NIST to perform these computations. Its intended use is as a research/exploratory tool model the formation of concrete. This presentation describes our efforts at verification and validation of the VCCTL software. We have also examined the effects of choice of random seeds in the simulations. We have performed sensitivity analysis of the VCCTL measurements of heat of hydration with respect to changes in various input variables. For a particular subset of Portland cements, it is possible to compare physical measurements obtained by large inter-laboratory experiments to the VCCTL virtual measurements. This enables a pre real testing studying of cements that is time and cost saving. Below a picture of a 2D cement slice in microscope.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meeting 2006
Conference Location
Seattle, WA
Conference Title
Joint Statistical Meeting 2006


Hornikova, A. , Toman, B. , Zhang, N. , Liu, H. , Hagwood, R. , Garboczi, E. and Bullard, J. (2006), Analysis of Sensitivity of VCCTL Measurements to Various Input Quantities, Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meeting 2006, Seattle, WA, [online], (Accessed July 24, 2024)


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Created August 9, 2006, Updated January 27, 2020