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An Argument for Virtual Testing in the Cement Plant



Pichet Sahachaiyunta, Kittisak Pongpaisanseree, Jeffrey W. Bullard, Paul E. Stutzman, Edward Garboczi, Wilasa Vichit-Vadakan


The cement industry is moving toward customized commodity products, requiring plants that were built to consistently produce thousands of tons of one product each day to now be versatile enough to fine-tune multiple products that meet both industry specifications and individual customer needs. Plant trials are costly, difficult to control, and can cause inconsistency in resulting products, a risk that may be too great to assume in regular production. Virtual testing, in the form of predictive numerical models that simulate cementitious material performance, will allow production engineers to explore risky but possibly rewarding solutions. Lessons learned from virtual tests can help inform both short-term plant operations and long-term planning.
Concrete International


virtual testing, computer modeling and simulation, cement, concrete


Sahachaiyunta, P. , Pongpaisanseree, K. , Bullard, J. , Stutzman, P. , Garboczi, E. and Vichit-Vadakan, W. (2012), An Argument for Virtual Testing in the Cement Plant, Concrete International, [online], (Accessed April 13, 2024)
Created September 9, 2012, Updated October 12, 2021