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Volume 364, 2022International Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting (ICCRRR 2022)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Condition Assessment of Concrete Structures - Degradation and Condition Assessment|
|Published online||30 September 2022|
Preliminary evaluation of Pier cap from an ASR affected bridge in Central Canada
University of Ottawa, Department of Civil Engineering, 75 Laurier Ave. E, Ottawa, Canada
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The Bridge, a highway bridge structure, was built using a suspected alkali-silica reactive aggregate in the 1960’s in a city in central Canada. Its concrete elements experienced rapid deterioration resulting in the need for costly increased repairs and rehabilitations. Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is one of several damage mechanisms which might be contributing to damage of concrete elements. Infrastructure in central Canada experiences frequent freeze-thaw cycles, and heavy use of de-icing salts in winter as well as high heat and humidity in summer which might intensify distress. In recent years several concrete elements were selected for further assessment. Among them, five segments of a decommissioned Pier cap were selected for preliminary evaluation through visual inspection (conventional, semi-quantitative and quantitative using the cracking index) and non-destructive techniques (Schmidt hammer, ultrasonic pulse velocity and surface resistivity). Preliminary assessment results will be used to determine the appropriate locations (i.e., demonstrating the lowest/ highest deterioration) to extract cores for further assessment. Future work will be conducted on extracted cores using a multi-level assessment technique consisting of mechanical (compressive testing and stiffness-damage test) and microscopic procedures (the damage rating index and SEM) to assess the condition of the Pier cap.
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