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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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March 1, 2021
Goran Adil, Ceki Halmen, George Seegebrecht, and John T. Kevern
Corrosion performance of reinforced pervious concrete was evaluated through field and laboratory evaluations. Two reinforced pervious cemetery walls in Chicago, IL, were visually evaluated, and samples were investigated through petrographic examination. Corrosion performance of two-layered concrete samples, with an outer layer of conventional concrete and an inner layer of pervious concrete, was evaluated in the laboratory. Results indicated that pervious concrete around the reinforcement can significantly delay the cracking and spalling of samples compared to conventional concrete. Chloride profiles of samples and instantaneous corrosion rate measurements showed that corrosion of reinforcement embedded in two-layered samples was similar to conventional concrete although two-layered samples provided a longer time to cracking. Laboratory results are in agreement with long service life performance observed in the field and with prior pervious concrete corrosion studies.
January 1, 2021
J. Abellán-García, J. A. Fernández-Gómez, N. Torres-Castellanos, and A. M. Núñez-López
This paper investigates the tensile behavior of green ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) using commercially available steel fibers. An ecofriendly ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) with a low carbon footprint was developed, aiming for a compressive strength of 150 MPa (22 ksi) and a high packing density (0.81) while using recycled glass powder and micro-limestone powder as partial substitution of silica fume and ordinary portland cement. Besides the commercially available
normal-strength deformed steel fibers, high-strength smooth steel fibers were used to establish a comparison. The study showed that, with appropriate hooked normal-strength and smooth high-strength
steel fibers, 1% of fiber is enough to achieve strain hardening behavior. Moreover, the smooth fibers achieved the maximum tensile strength (σpc = 11.04 MPa) when 2% of volume was used. However, despite having less tensile strength, only the hooked-end fibers achieved a maximum post-cracking strain (εpc) of over 0.3% using 2% of volume.
November 1, 2020
Thuc Nhu Nguyen, R. Emre Erkmen, Leandro F. M. Sanchez, and Jianchun Li
Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is one of the most harmful distress mechanisms affecting concrete infrastructure worldwide. ASR is a chemical reaction that generates a secondary product, which induces expansive pressure within the reacting aggregate material and adjacent cement paste upon moisture uptake, leading to cracking, loss of material integrity, and functionality of the affected structure. In this work, a computational homogenization approach is proposed to model the impact of ASR-induced cracking on concrete stiffness as a function of its development. A representative volume element (RVE) of the material at the mesoscale is developed, which enables the input of the cracking pattern and extent observed from a series of experimental testing. The model is appraised on concrete mixtures presenting different mechanical properties and incorporating reactive coarse aggregates. The results have been compared with experimental results reported in the literature. The case studies considered for the analysis show that stiffness reduction of ASR-affected concrete presenting distinct damage degrees can be captured using the proposed mesoscale model as the predictions of the proposed methodology fall in between the upper and lower bounds of the experimental results.
Xun Xi, Shangtong Yang, Xiaofei Hu, and Chun-Qing Li
The interfacial transition zone (ITZ) between cement mortar and aggregate significantly affects the cracking behavior of concrete. However, the fracture properties including the tensile strength and fracture energy of ITZ are hard to obtain directly from experiments. This paper develops an inverse numerical method for determining the fracture properties of ITZ based on a meso-scale fracture model and artificial neural network. Concrete is considered a multi-phase material, mainly consisting of aggregates, cement mortar, and ITZ. In the fracture model, cohesive elements are inserted in the mesh to achieve arbitrary cracking. The tensile strength and fracture energy of ITZ are the targeted variables to be inversely attained. A neural network is created and trained based on the simulated results, by which the optimized values of the targeted variables are obtained. Experimental results from RILEM tests are used to validate the numerical method.
Mengesha Beyene, Jose Munoz, Richard Meininger, and Anant Shastry
The reference Pittsburg Ontario alkali carbonate-reactive (ACR) aggregate source was characterized using a holistic approach to identify and quantify mineral phases, particularly reactive forms of silica and expansive types of clays in the aggregate which may have a role in the controversial ACR mechanism and resulting expansion and cracking of concrete. This research was performed using state-of-the-art analytical techniques and methods that included polarized
light microscopy (PLM), quantitative image analysis (QIA) of backscattered electron (BSE) scanning electron microscope (SEM) images, acid-insoluble residue (AIR) tests, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and a chemical ratio method of identifying alkali-reactive carbonate rocks. Three types of silica phases were identified through PLM examination: upper silt-sized quartz grains both in the virgin aggregate and acid insoluble residue (AIR); cryptocrystalline silica dispersed and hidden in the fine-grained rock matrix and identified only in the AIR; and cryptocrystalline-to-microcrystalline silica occupying interstitial spaces of dolomitic limestone particles which lacked clay in their matrix. PLM findings were confirmed through QIA of the AIR. Particle size distribution of silica phases through QIA showed that silica phases in sizes of 0.5 to 2 μm (0.00002 to 0.00008 in.) occur in high abundance. QIA of AIR identified illite as the major clay mineral in the aggregate. While this clay type is not known to be expansive, microcrystalline to cryptocrystalline silica phases are potentially alkali-silica reactive (ASR) in concrete as opposed to ACR.
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