Thermodynamic theory of deformations of concrete with explanation of drying creep

Zdeněk P. Bažant*

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Creep, shrinkage and delayed thermal dilatation of concrete at low stress arc caused by mass transport of water and other molecules along thin layers in the microstructure. The theory of the constitutive equation based on this mechanism is summarized and, as an example, a plausible explanation of the phenomenon of drying creep is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-421
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
StatePublished - Jan 1 1971
EventDesigning for Effects of Creep, Shrinkage and Temperature in Concrete Structures Symposium at the 1970 66th ACI Annual Convention - New York, United States
Duration: Apr 11 1970Apr 17 1970


  • Adsorption
  • Age
  • Cement pastes
  • Computer programs
  • Concretes
  • Creep properties
  • Cylinders
  • Deformation
  • Diffusion
  • Humidity
  • Mathematical models
  • Microstructure
  • Moisture content
  • Nuclear reactors
  • Plain concrete
  • Pressure vessels
  • Prestressed concrete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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