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Materials (Basel). 2017 Feb 7;10(2). pii: E135. doi: 10.3390/ma10020135.

Modeling Self-Healing of Concrete Using Hybrid Genetic Algorithm-Artificial Neural Network.

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1
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B9, Canada. asuleim3@uwo.ca.
2
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B9, Canada. mnehdi@uwo.ca.

Abstract

This paper presents an approach to predicting the intrinsic self-healing in concrete using a hybrid genetic algorithm-artificial neural network (GA-ANN). A genetic algorithm was implemented in the network as a stochastic optimizing tool for the initial optimal weights and biases. This approach can assist the network in achieving a global optimum and avoid the possibility of the network getting trapped at local optima. The proposed model was trained and validated using an especially built database using various experimental studies retrieved from the open literature. The model inputs include the cement content, water-to-cement ratio (w/c), type and dosage of supplementary cementitious materials, bio-healing materials, and both expansive and crystalline additives. Self-healing indicated by means of crack width is the model output. The results showed that the proposed GA-ANN model is capable of capturing the complex effects of various self-healing agents (e.g., biochemical material, silica-based additive, expansive and crystalline components) on the self-healing performance in cement-based materials.

KEYWORDS:

artificial neural network; autogenous; crack width; genetic algorithm; self-healing

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