We are very excited to announce the launch of our annual writing contest! This is a great opportunity for civil-engineers to expose their research and development to a global audience of industry experts. Plus, the winner will receive a monetary award of $1,000. The "Giatec Award for Best Paper" is open to civil-engineering professors, students (undergraduate and graduate), and researchers across Canada and the U.S. Interested individuals can submit either an expository paper or a previously published article that relates to one of the following topics:
Submitting is easy. Simply upload a copy of your published article below. Remember, the deadline for submissions is July 31, 2019. A winner will be announced on September 1, 2019.
Submission deadline: July 31, 2019
Winner announced: September 1, 2019
In addition to the CAD $1,000 award for the author of the winning article, the top 10 submissions will:
Getting this kind of exposure on a global scale is a huge advantage for researchers, especially students who are just beginning to grow their networks and careers.
Ali Morshedifard, Saeed Masoumi, and Mohammad Javad Abdolhosseini Qomi
Nature Communications, volume 9, Article number: 1785 (2018)
The authors propose a novel three-staged incremental stress-marching technique to study nanoscale longtime phenomena, specifically creep, in atomistic simulations. The stress-induced time-dependent behavior of C-S-H was investigated by the application of a chain of aging shear cycles at the nanoscale. The model results showed a stretched exponential relaxation in the first stage. When fully relaxed, C-S-H was found to behave viscoelastically upon further loading, which the authors described by the standard solid model. By progressively increasing the interlayer water, the time-dependent response of calcium-silicate-hydrates was found to exhibit a transition from viscoelastic to logarithmic creep. The results of the study bridge the gap between theoretical atomistic simulations and nanomechanical experimental measurements, which paves the way for the design of reduced aging construction materials starting from the nanoscale behavior of the material.
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