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Molecular simulations to predict evolutions of properties of clays with moisture? A comparison with experiments on thin clay films

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Molecular simulations are increasingly used to study materials of any kind, including materials relevant for civil engineering applications, such as cement or soils. But one important question is how results obtained at the atomistic scale by molecular simulations can be transferred to the macroscopic scale of the engineer. Dr. Mattieu will compare molecular simulation results obtained at the nanometric scale of the clay layer with experiments on a clay system at a larger scale. He will focus on how moisture modifies the mechanical properties of clay at those two scales. The clay systems studied experimentally are self-standing clay films with a thickness of a few dozen microns, which are less heterogeneous than clay-based rocks but are sufficiently large to be mechanically tested with conventional techniques.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Geotechnical Society Seminar Series series.

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