Simulation of the Effect of Solar Radiation on Hardening and Hardened Concrete Wall
The purpose of the present study is to assess the effect of solar radiation on the development of thermal stress in hardening and hardened concrete structures. A mathematical model for solar radiation is investigated. A finite element method program is developed for the temperature and thermal stress analysis including the heat of hydration, creep, shrinkage, and ambient temperature, especially the solar radiation. Meanwhile, the effect of solar radiation on the concrete wall during its service life is considered. The results obtained from the numerical models show that for the hardening concrete wall, solar radiation reduce the stress at the first 36 hours on surface and first 48 hours in the center of the wall, after that the stresses both on surface and in the center of the wall increases quickly; for the hardened concrete wall, solar radiation increase the stress in the center of the wall. This program is useful to estimate the stress development and the effect of the solar radiation on the hardening and hardened concrete structures.
D. H. Huang et al., "Simulation of the Effect of Solar Radiation on Hardening and Hardened Concrete Wall", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 163-167, pp. 1489-1494, 2011