Digital fabrication with cement-based materials: underlying physics

Viktor Mechtcherine*, S. Fataei, F. P. Bos, R. A. Buswell, Wilson Ricardo Leal da Silva, E. Keita, H. W. Krauss, Dirk Lowke, Arnaud Perrot, Venkatesh Naidu Nerella, Nicolas Roussel, Mohammed Sonebi, Timothy Wangler, Daniel Weger, Rob Wolfs

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The comprehending of the processes’ physics is a prerequisite for the purposeful design and optimization of digital fabrication systems, as well as their efficient and robust process control. This chapter presents an overview of the underlying physics relevant to an understanding of the processing of cement-based materials during various production steps of digital fabrication. In this, the main focus was on various approaches of Additive Manufacturing, but selected aspects of formative processes were addressed as well. For some processes, analytical formulas based on the relevant physics have already enabled reasonable predictions with respect to material flow behaviour, buildability, and other relevant features. Nevertheless, further research efforts are required to develop reliable tools for the quantitative analysis of the entire process chains. To accomplish this, experimental efforts for the characterization of material properties need to be accompanied by comprehensive numerical simulation. The presented work results from collaborative research carried out by the authors in the framework of the RILEM Technical Committee 276 “Digital fabrication with cement-based materials”.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital fabrication with cement-based materials: State-of-the-Art Report of the RILEM TC 276-DFC
EditorsNicolas Roussel, Dirk Lowke
PublisherSpringer Cham
ISBN (Electronic)9783030905354
ISBN (Print)9783030905347
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameRILEM State-of-the-Art Reports
ISSN (Print)2213-204X
ISSN (Electronic)2213-2031


  • 3D concrete printing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Concrete technology
  • Digital concrete
  • Digital fabrication
  • Underlying physics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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