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Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering

Front Struc Civil Eng    2014, Vol. 8 Issue (1) : 36-45
A comparative study of the mechanical properties, fracture behavior, creep, and shrinkage of chemically based self-consolidating concrete
Mahdi AREZOUMANDI1(), Mark EZZELL2, Jeffery S VOLZ3
1. Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri MO 65409, USA; 2. U S Army Corps of Engineers, 1222 Spruce St., St. Louis, Missouri MO 63103, USA; 3. School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK 73019-1024, USA
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This study presents the results of an experimental investigation that compares the mechanical properties, fracture behavior, creep, and shrinkage of a chemically-based self-consolidating concrete (SCC) mix with that of a corresponding conventional concrete (CC) mix. The CC and SCC mix designs followed conventional proportioning in terms of aggregate type and content, cement content, air content, water-cementitiuos materials (w/cm) ratio, and workability. Then, using only chemical admixtures, the authors converted the CC mix to an SCC mix with all of the necessary passing, filling, flowability, and stability requirements typically found in SCC. The high fluidity was achieved with a polycarboxylate-based high-range water-reducing admixture, while the enhanced stability was accomplished with an organic, polymer-based viscosity-modifying admixture. The comparison indicated that the SCC and CC mixes had virtually identical tensile splitting strengths, flexural strengths, creep, and shrinkage. However, the SCC mix showed higher compressive strengths and fracture energies than the corresponding CC mix.

Keywords admixture      conventional concrete (CC)      creep      fracture mechanic      mechanical Properties      self-consolidating concrete (SCC)      shrinkage     
Corresponding Author(s): AREZOUMANDI Mahdi,   
Issue Date: 05 March 2014
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Mark EZZELL,Jeffery S VOLZ,Mahdi AREZOUMANDI. A comparative study of the mechanical properties, fracture behavior, creep, and shrinkage of chemically based self-consolidating concrete[J]. Front Struc Civil Eng, 2014, 8(1): 36-45.
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Tab.1  Mixture proportions of concrete
propertyair contentunit weightslumpslumpJ-ringvisual stabilitystatic segregationL-box
Tab.2  Fresh mixture properties
Fig.1  Fracture energy specimens
Fig.2  Creep and shrinkage specimens. (a) Plan view; (b) elevation view; (c) shrinkage specimens; (d) creep specimens
Fig.3  Development of compressive strength of concrete
Tab.3  Tensile splitting strength/MPa
Fig.4  Tensile splitting strength . compressive strength of concrete; results from literature [] and test results of this study
fca)fr a)fr/√fcfc a)fr a)fr/√fc
Tab.4  Flexural strength/MPa
first Batchsecond batchfirst batchsecond batch
Tab.5  Fracture energy ()
Fig.5  Fracture energy vs. compressive strength; results from literature [] and test results of this study
Fig.6  Creep and shrinkage test data. (a) Creep; (b) shrinkage
Fig.7  Creep and shrinkage test data vs. ACI 209 prediction models. (a) Creep; (b) shrinkage
tensile splitting strength
fct(CC) = fct(SCC)0.600.748
flexural strength
fr(CC) = fr(SCC)0.9450.998
Bazant equation
JSCE-07 equation
CEB-FIP Model Code 2010 equation
Tab.6  P-values for statistic tests
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