Finite element analysis of concrete cracking at early age

Mauren Aurich*, Américo Campos Filho, Túlio Nogueira Bittencourt, Surendra P. Shah

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The study of the early age concrete properties is becoming more important, as the thermal effects and the shrinkage, even in the first hours, could generate cracks, increasing the permeability of the structure and being able to induce problems of durability and functionality in the same ones. The detailed study of the stresses development during the construction process can be decisive to keep low the cracking levels. In this work a computational model, based on the finite element method, was implemented to simulate the early age concrete behavior and, specially, the evaluation of the cracking risk. The finite element analysis encloses the computational modeling of the following phenomena: chemical, thermal, moisture diffusion and mechanical which occur at the first days after the concrete cast. The developed software results were compared with experimental values found in the literature, demonstrating an excellent approach for all the implemented analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-473
Number of pages15
JournalStructural Engineering and Mechanics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 10 2011


  • Concrete
  • Early age
  • Mechanical analysis
  • Moisture transport
  • Thermal analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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