Volume 15 (2017) Issue 10 Pages 610-626
In this paper, the transformation of solid phase and expansion cracking behaviors due to sulfate attack were evaluated by using RBSM-Truss Network Model. This analysis was constructed by combining a hydration model, a diffusion-reaction model, and a crack propagation model in order to evaluate the influence of feedback system of ion transfer through cracks on transformation of solid phase and expansion cracking behavior due to sulfate attack. As a result, the proposed model can predict the change in phase assemblage and physical properties due to hydration process and the change in the transformation of solid phase and the distribution of sulfate ion due to sulfate attack. It was found that expansion crack can affect the diffusion process and expansion cracking behavior as the crack behaves as a buffer of sulfate ion.