Consequences of diffusion theory for shrinkage of concrete

Zdeněk P. Bažant*, Joong Koo Kim

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The paper reviews the known consequences of diffusion theory for the mathematical modelling of shrinkage, including the size dependence of drying half-time, and the initial and final asymptotic shapes of the time curves of total moisture loss, to which shrinkage is proportional. The mathematical arguments are extended and presented with greater rigour and generality than before, taking the non-linearity of the diffusion equation as well as ageing into account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-326
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials and Structures
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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