Online course: Computational Methods for Building Physics and Construction Materials

10.02.2021 16:00-26.03.2021 16:00

Online course: Computational Methods for Building Physics and Construction Materials

Official RILEM EAC and TU Darmstadt Course

The course contains detailed lecturing on computational methods for differential equations, numerical solution strategies, explicit and implicit discretization, method of lines, boundary conditions and implementation of physical processes that frequently occur in construction materials. Emphasis will be on the finite difference and finite element methods applied to transport processes, active in porous construction materials such as concrete, insulation materials, etc. Typical problems that will be addressed in this course are thermal, moisture and/or reactive transport modelling, chloride ingress modelling, coupled moisture – heat systems, and cement hydration kinetics and particle structure generation. The course provides a full solution strategy, starting from a physical problem, to schematization and discretization, to boundary conditions evaluation, implementation and computational solution.

Emphasis will be on the meso-scale level and on transport processes that are active in porous construction materials such as concrete, geopolymers, insulation materials, etc. Typical problems that will be addressed in this course will be on modelling moisture and/or reactive transport in porous media, heat transport and effect of insulation, coupled moisture – heat systems, and cement hydration kinetics. The course will provide a full solution strategy approach, so from a physical problem, to schematization and discretization, to boundary conditions evaluation, and to a computational solution.

Date: April 12 – 16, 2021

Key topics:

  • Steady state problems – discretization and implementation in Excel
  • Transient problems – explicit & implicit heat and moisture flow – implementation in Octave/Matlab
  • Coupled systems – heat and moisture flow, discretization and implementation in Octave/Matlab
  • Particle structure formation and hydration kinetics of cementitious systems
  • Demonstrations and exercises with realistic examples

Objective:

Main objective of the course is to train MSc, PhD or Postdoc students, who are beginners and/or have no modelling experience, on how to solve partial differential equations and to become familiar with numerical solution strategies for common physical problems in construction materials. After finishing this course, students will be able to use computational methods for their own research.

Costs:

  • PhDs and/or Postdocs:
    • 250 € whole week registration
    • 75 € per day (signing in for one or more single days)
  • MSc students from TU Darmstadt or UNITE! partners:
    • free of charge
  • MSc students from other German Universities:
    • 75 € for full 5 day course
    • 25 € per day (signing in for one or more single days)
  • Professors or representatives from the industry:
    • 500 € for full 5 day course
    • 125 € per day (signing in for one or more single days)

Students from TU Darmstadt must register via TUCaN

External Students, PhD Candidates and Postdocs may register via:

Ms. A. Cevik

info@wib.tu-darmstadt.de

Further information and course plan (PDF-Download)

Registration Form

Kontakt

Institut für Werkstoffe im Bauwesen

Aysen Cevik

Email: info@wib.tu-darmstadt.de

Tel: +49-6151-16-22210

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