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The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.
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October 1, 2020
Berrocal, C.G.; Lundgren, K.; Löfgren, I.
In the present paper, long-term experiments involving natural corrosion of RC beams
subjected to chloride solution cyclic exposure were carried out to investigate the effect of
fibres on different aspects of the corrosion process as well as their contribution to the
structural behaviour of RC elements damaged by corrosion. The long-term experiments were
complemented with short-term accelerated corrosion experiments and mechanical tests to
investigate the influence that low fibre contents may have on individual mechanisms that play
an important role in the corrosion process of steel in concrete. These showed that fibres
promote crack branching which results in a change of the internal crack pattern towards
multiple thinner cracks, particularly near the reinforcement. This agrees with the long-term
experiment results, which exhibited longer times to corrosion initiation for FRC beams with
bending cracks and revealed a more distributed corrosion with more pits but less crosssectional
loss compared to bars in plain concrete. Fibres also proved beneficial in delaying
corrosion-induced cracks and preventing cover spalling, which greatly enhanced the bondbehaviour
of corroded bars. Furthermore, a positive effect of the fibres was also observed on
the residual flexural capacity of corroded beams, which generally increased the load-carrying
capacity and rotation capacity.
Fantilli, A.P.; Tondolo, F.
Durability of reinforced concrete (RC) structure is mostly related to the ability of concrete
cover to protect the embedded rebar from corrosion initiation and propagation. As cracks due
to loads or rheological phenomena are almost inevitable, the geometry of crack pattern in
service is a key parameter that needs to be evaluated in plain and fiber-reinforced R/FRC
members. In fact, not only the direct ingress of aggressive agents, such as oxygen and water, is
a function of crack width, but also concrete carbonation and the chloride ion ingress are
accelerated by the presence of wide cracks. Furthermore, the use of fiber reinforced concrete
requires detailed investigations, in order to define the relationship between durability and crack
width even in presence of cyclic loads. Accordingly, in this research project, crack width is
measured by using traditional mechanical strain gauges and a new device based on the optical
conoscopic holography. The latter allows the non-contact measure of crack profile, at the end
of each loading cycle, both in plain and fiber-reinforced ties subjected to sets of repeated loads.
As a result, contrarily to crack width at the peak of load, the width of residual cracks is not
always reduced by the presence of fiber, and this could affect the durability of RC and R/FRC
Charron, J.P.; Desmettre, C.; Cantin Bellemare, E.
A cast-in-place reinforced concrete footbridge built in 1967 suffering from extensive
concrete spalling and rebar corrosion needed to be replaced. The use of a steel Pony-Warren
truss combined with thin precast UHPFRC slabs linked by short UHPFRC field-cast joints
was selected to build an innovative, durable and aesthetic footbridge minimizing impact on
traffic during construction. Material rationalization allowed respective reductions of 64 % and
91 % of concrete and rebar volumes in the slab in comparison to a conventional reinforced
concrete slab. The design process was completed with non-linear finite element calculations
to obtain an adequate behaviour of the UHPFRC slabs and joints at service and ultimate limit
states. A full-size proof specimen was then tested under positive bending moment and
confirmed being adequate and fulfilling all the design specifications. Construction of the
precast slab was successful and required less time than a conventional slab. The long-term
performance provided by the UHPFRC slab will be followed up in the next decades.
June 30, 2020
Ruchin Khadka, Mustafa Mashal, and Jared Cantrell
Recently titanium alloy bars (TiABs) have been gaining popularity in civil engineering applications. They offer good deformation capacity, better fatigue performance, high-strength-to-weight ratio, lighter weight (60% that of steel), and excellent corrosion resistance. Recently, TiABs were used in the strengthening of two bridges in Oregon to increase the shear and flexural capacities of the concrete beams. The research in this paper quantifies some common mechanical properties of TiABs using experimental investigation. This is done to explore suitability of the material for wider applications in civil infrastructure. The four types of testing conducted in accordance with ASTM standards included tension, hardness, Charpy V-Notch, and galling tests. Samples of 150 ksi (1034 MPa) high strength steel were also tested for comparison. Test results showed good performance of TiABs. Analytical models are proposed for stress-strain and toughness-temperature relationships.
June 1, 2020
Denis Mitchell, Bruno Massicotte, William D. Cook, and Emre Yildiz
The existing Champlain Bridge is a major structure in Montreal. It contains 50 concrete spans. The 10 ft
(3.1 m) deep I-girders span 172 ft (52.4 m) and are post-tensioned. Because the prestressing steel has suffered from
corrosion, it was necessary to use advanced techniques to evaluate the performance of these I-girders. Detailed twodimensional
non-linear finite element modelling was used to determine the responses at service load and at ultimate.
Three-dimensional finite element modelling was carried out to determine the loading for the two-dimensional
modelling. The serviceability checks examined if cracking would occur and the strength requirements were evaluated
using predicted demand-to-capacity ratios (D/C). These analysis tools also enabled the influence of a number of
strengthening techniques to be assessed. The influence of different strengthening techniques on the predicted
responses of the diaphragms was also studied. The combinations of strengthening measures were found to be effective in achieving the desired serviceability and strength requirements.
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