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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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January 1, 2021
Wei Yang, Hassan Baji, Chun-Qing Li, and Wenhai Shi
In durability design of concrete structures using performance-based framework, hydraulic sorptivity of concrete can be used as a key indicator. In this paper, a probabilistic methodology considering variability of hydraulic properties of concrete components, namely the mortar, aggregates, and interfacial transition zone (ITZ), is developed. Evaluation of the effective sorptivity of concrete is based on a rigorous nonlinear finite element (FE) analysis at the meso-scale level, which is verified using available experimental results. Using the response surface method (RSM), a conceptual model relating effective hydraulic sorptivity of concrete to aggregate volume fraction and hydraulic properties of mortar and the ITZ is derived. The proposed probabilistic methodology can be used for durability design of concrete structures. It is found that for high aggregate volume fractions the variability of hydraulic sorptivity is high due to increasing volume of ITZ.
July 1, 2020
Nattapong Paewchompoo, Wanchai Yodsudjai, and Prinya Chindaprasirt
The objective of this research was to clarify the mechanism of concrete cover cracking time due to reinforcement corrosion in steel fiber-reinforced concrete. An experimental study and analytical study were conducted. For the experimental study, 3 in. (76.2 mm) diameter and 6 in. (152.4 mm) length cylindrical concrete specimens with reinforcement placed in the middle were prepared. Conventional and steel fiber-reinforced concrete with three levels of compressive strength were used in the study. A strain gauge was installed along the specimen’s circumference and the corrosion of reinforcement was accelerated using anodic DC current. Concrete surface strain and impressed anodic current were recorded via a data logger and a multimeter, respectively. Concrete cover cracking time was also investigated. After corrosion acceleration, reinforcement weight loss was evaluated and internal pressure due to the reinforcement corrosion product was calculated. The analytical study was conducted using finite element with four-node bilinear plane strain in a two-dimensional (2-D) model. In the finite
element method (FEM) model, the reinforcement was removed and the internal pressure result from the expansion of corrosion products was applied, similar to the problem of cylinder under constant internal pressure. The relationship between concrete surface strain and internal pressure from the analytical study was compared with the experimental study. It was found that corrosion current density of the reinforcement embedded in the fiber-reinforced concrete was higher than that of conventional concrete. Concrete cover cracking time increased with increase of concrete tensile strength. In addition, the relationship between concrete surface strain and the internal pressure could be predicted by the FEM results within an acceptable margin of error.
May 1, 2020
A. Pczieczek, C. Effting, A. Schackow, I. Ribeiro Gomes, and D. V. Ferronato da Silva
This work aimed to analyze the physical and mechanical properties of mortar with the addition of fly ash and rubber concentrations used on building walls. The mortars had 5 and 10% of fine aggregate mass replaced by rubber and added fly ash in proportions of 10 and 20% according to the volume of cement. Ground fly ash addition in the mortar, in turn, increased the compressive strength by 18% at 28 days compared to the reference mortar, assuring a greater durability against sulfate attacks and presenting lower mass loss during exposure to sodium sulfate. The mortar containing 20% of ground fly ash and 5% of rubber presented tensile adhesion strength of 0.33 MPa at 65 days. A numerical simulation of the mortar microstructure was carried out using the finite element method to study its thermomechanical behavior. Stress distribution and cracking field of the model were also obtained.
September 1, 2019
Mahmoud Shakouri, Naga Pavan Vaddey, and David Trejo
The binding of chlorides by the hydration products of cement in concrete is one of the factors that affects the rate of chloride ingress, which in turn can influence the time to corrosion initiation of reinforcing steel in concrete. Theoretical assessments of the influence of chloride binding on the chloride ingress and service life estimates are often based on empirically developed chloride binding isotherms to account for the interaction between the concrete matrix and external chlorides. While being useful, these assessments disregard the binding influence of admixed chlorides that may be present in the concrete from the early stages of hydration. It is suspected that the presence of free admixed chlorides can influence the diffusivity of chlorides in concrete. This work focuses on determining the binding behavior of admixed chlorides and proposes a modified diffusion model that takes chloride binding from admixed and external chlorides into consideration.
September 1, 2018
Chun-Qing Li, Hassan Baji, and Shangtong Yang
Hydraulic conductivity of concrete can be used as a key indicator in assessment of service life of concrete structures. In this paper, a probabilistic investigation on hydraulic conductivity of concrete is conducted, allowing for variation in hydraulic properties of concrete constituents. Concrete is modeled as a three-phase composite at mesoscale, consisting of mortar, aggregates, and the interfacial transition zone (ITZ). A finite element (FE) method is developed to calculate the hydraulic conductivity of concrete, which is then verified using available experimental results. Based on a large pool of samples generated from Monte Carlo simulation, a conceptual model relating hydraulic conductivity of concrete to aggregate volume fraction ratio and hydraulic conductivity of mortar and the ITZ is proposed. It is shown from the probabilistic-based sensitivity analysis that hydraulic conductivity and thickness of
the ITZ are among the most influential factors affecting the bulk hydraulic conductivity of concrete. It is also shown that for high aggregate volume fraction ratios, due to increasing volume of the ITZ, the coefficient of variation of hydraulic conductivity can be as high as 0.36.
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