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An optimised preconditioning procedure for gas permeability measurement

Title: An optimised preconditioning procedure for gas permeability measurement
Author(s): M. Carcassès, A. Abbas, J.-P. Ollivier, J. Verdier
Paper category : journal
Serial title: Materials and Structures
Abreviated Serial title: Mater. Struct.
ISSN: 1359-5997
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Volume: 35
Issue: 245
Issue date: 2002-01-01
Publication year: 2002
Pages: 22 - 27
Total Pages: 6
Nb references: 8
Language: English

Abstract: To study the permeability of cementitious materials,a procedure of drying out moisture before the actual measurement of this property,normally called preconditioning, is an unavoidable necessity.
In this study,the preconditioning procedure proposed by AFREM (Association Française de Recherche et d ’Études des Matériaux)and a detailed preconditioning procedure developed by the authors earlier,is used to carry out the measurement of permeability to gases of 15 concrete compositions in order to compare the different steps proposed by these procedures:these concretes have been studied in terms of durability in a "BHP2000" project.
These 15 compositions include 4 ordinary concretes,5 medium strength concretes,4 HPCs and 2 VHPCs.
We have compared the preconditioning temperatures for their possible effects on the measured value of permeability as well as its adequacy in drying out moisture during a short period of time.
Also,in addition to the practicality of the procedures,the coverage of the whole range of degrees of saturation by the permeability results is given due importance.
These considerations have culminated in an optimised preconditioning procedure which is not only simple and flexible but also guarantees adequate information about the permeation characteristics of the material under study, for a whole range of concrete qualities.

Online publication: 2001-11-27
Classification: Scientific Reports
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00
doi: 10.1617/13685

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