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Volume 364, 2022International Conference on Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting (ICCRRR 2022)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Developments in Concrete Material Technology, Assessment and Processing|
|Published online||30 September 2022|
Preventing plastic shrinkage cracking by monitoring the capillary pressure build-up in self-compacting concrete
University of Pretoria, Department of Civil Engineering, Lynnwood Road, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plastic shrinkage cracking is a problem for the service life, aesthetics and durability of concrete members. It occurs when tensile stresses are induced in fresh concrete, through plastic shrinkage that is restrained. Plastic shrinkage is caused by negative capillary pressure build-up, but the capillary pressure of fresh concrete can be controlled to prevent plastic shrinkage. In this paper, the control of capillary pressure to prevent plastic shrinkage cracking using high-capacity capillary pressure sensors is explored. The capillary pressure behaviour of a self-compacting concrete mix design in various evaporation rates was determined. Capillary pressure boundaries for concrete wetting to relieve tensile stresses were identified. The effectiveness of wetting fresh concrete at a predefined capillary pressure boundary was investigated.
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