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Thoughts upon shrinkage induced cracking of concrete. A structural designer perspective



Author(s): C. G.R. Micea and A. Faur
Paper category: conference
Book title: Crack Control of Mass Concrete and Related Issues concerning Early-Age of Concrete Structures
Editor(s): F. Toutlemonde and J.-M. Torrenti
Print ISBN: 978-2-35158-125-4
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-126-1
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2012
Pages: 157 - 166
Total Pages: 10
Language: English


Abstract: Shrinkage of concrete is a natural phenomenon, with several well known mechanisms. However, restrained shrinkage is the challenging problem both to design and construction practice. External and/or internal restraint to shrinkage generates tensile stresses that may easily result in time-dependent excessive cracking states, compromising the durability of the structures. After a brief introduction, the paper presents aspects concerning cracking states induced by restrained shrinkage of concrete, met in the last decade in Romania. Consequently, a new design guide was released, as part of the Romanian technical regulations system. Next, the paper presents a synthetic critical review of the guide.


Online publication: 2012-07-20
Publication Type: full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00