Evaluation of freeze-thaw damage on concrete material and prestressed concrete specimens
Number of Authors: 10
2016 (English)In: Construction and Building Materials, ISSN 0950-0618, E-ISSN 1879-0526, Vol. 125, 892-904 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The pore structure of the hardened concrete and the microscopic changes of a few selected pores throughout the freeze-thaw test were investigated by a method combining RapidAir and digital metalloscope. Traditional tests were also performed to evaluate the macroscopic change caused by freeze-thaw cycles (FTCs). The investigation shows that the concrete material, of which the spacing factor is 0.405 mm and the air content is 2.38%, can still withstand more than 300 FTCs. Severe microscopic damages occurred after approximately 200 FTCs and the freeze-thaw damage were gradually aggravated afterwards. Prestress forces have a remarkable impact on the failure pattern under FTCs. It was further found that the compressive strength as an indicator is more reliable than the relative dynamic modulus of elasticity in evaluating the freeze-thaw damage on concrete material. In addition, the test and analysis show that the measured prestress losses of bonded specimen are larger than that of unbounded specimen under the attack of FTCs due to the duct grouting effect. The ultimate freeze-thaw prestress loss is about 5% of σconσcon for both the bonded and unbonded specimens because the grouting cement paste will eventually be completely destroyed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 125, 892-904 p.
Research subject Structural Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59653DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2016.08.098ISI: 000385600100088ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84984828018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-59653DiVA: diva2:1034100
Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 2016-10-10 (andbra)2016-10-112016-10-112016-12-17Bibliographically approved