Multiscale modelling of reinforced concrete structures

The aim of this project is to develop a validated multiscale framework, capable of modelling crack growth in detail in large scale reinforced concrete structures like e.g. bridges. Modelling will be done on three scales: 1) reinforced concrete in mesoscale: a reinforcement bar with surrounding concrete consisting of aggregates, cement paste and weak interfacial transition zones; to be homogenized to a solid element capable of describing cracking of concrete, slip between reinforcement and concrete and wedging action thereof. 2) Macroscale: Reinforced slabs and shear walls; to be homogenized to effective shell elements capable of describing crack width and growth in detail. 3) Structural scale: applying the developed modelling methods to a bridge that will be tested (in another project) for combined bending and shear failure. The suggested project is of ground-breaking nature, being transdisciplinary across borders between Structural Engineering and Computational Mechanics. It has potential to create substantial break-through in numerical modelling of large reinforced concrete structures; enabling to study e.g. crack width growth in detail.


Karin Lundgren (contact)

Professor at Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fredrik Larsson

Professor at Applied Mechanics, Material and Computational Mechanics

Filip Nilenius

Forskarassistent at Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering

Kenneth Runesson

Professor at Applied Mechanics, Material and Computational Mechanics


Swedish Research Council (VR)

Funding years 2015–2018

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Materials Science

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Building Futures

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