Materiales de Construcción, Vol 57, No 286 (2007)

Concretes with ternary composite cements. Part III: multicriteria optimization

G. Menéndez
Universidad Nacional del Centro, Olavarría, Argentina

V. L. Bonavetti
Universidad Nacional del Centro, Olavarría, Argentina

E. F. Irassar
Universidad Nacional del Centro, Olavarría, Argentina


Optimization methods are tools of vital importance in composite material design, where large numbers of components and design criteria must be taken into account. The formulation of today’s separately milled custommade cements is a clear example of just such a case, for the components must be proportioned to yield mortars and concretes with the proper balance of durability, strength, financial and environmental features. Multicriteria optimization has been used to develop many materials, although its application in cement formulation has yet to be explored. The present paper discusses the use of an objective function to jointly optimize sorptivity and compressive strength in limestone- (up to 20%) and/or granulated blast furnace slag- (up to 20%) additioned Portland cement concrete.


ternary blend cements; limestone filler; granulated blast furnace slag; multicriteria optimization

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