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Shrinkage microcracking in cement-based materials with low water-cement ratio



Title: Shrinkage microcracking in cement-based materials with low water-cement ratio
Author(s): J. Bisschop, P. Lura, J. van Mier
Paper category : conference
Book title: International RILEM Conference on Early Age Cracking in Cementitious Systems
Editor(s): K. Kovler and A. Bentur
Print-ISBN: 2-912143-29-2
e-ISBN: 2351580362
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2003
Pages: 79 - 88
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 14
Language: English


Abstract: This paper deals with shrinkage microcracking due to internal restraints in high-strength cement-based materials. The two types of internal restraints that have been studied are restraint of the aggregate particles and self-restraining due to differential shrinkage in a drying specimen. For a number of reasons it is very difficult to detect autogenous shrinkage microcracks in the bulk of concrete using destructive microscopy techniques. However, in this paper a destructive microscopy method is described, which allows to detect autogenous microcracks, provided that the aggregate content is chosen in such way that the autogenous microcracks form a completely interconnected network. The mixtures studied are far from being concrete, but nevertheless their autogenous shrinkage microcracks patterns can be used to validate numerical models that predict shrinkage and cracking of cement-based materials. The drying shrinkage microcracking behaviour of these cement-based materials with ‘manipulated’ aggregate content has also been studied.


Online publication: 2010-06-02
Publication type : full_text
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