Field performance of structural concrete slabs containing an hydrophobic admixture

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Conference12th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement: 08 July 2007, Montréal, QC.
Pages112; # of pages: 12
AbstractAs part of a major rehabilitation project on a multi-story concrete parking structure, a portion of the floor was rebuilt using a concrete containing a hydrophobic admixture, with the aim to delay corrosion of the embedded steel reinforcement. Two sections of an elevated slab and two interior ramps, rebuilt with this concrete, were instrumented for remote monitoring. Two other sections of the elevated slab, rebuilt with normal concrete, were also instrumented and used as references. The field performance of these sections has been monitored for two years since reconstruction in November 2004. In all test sections, the measurements and calculations show that the concrete tensile stresses due to restrained drying shrinkage reached the tensile strengths at early ages, regardless of the type of concrete in place. A visual inspection confirmed the presence of deep cracks in all monitored concrete slabs and ramps. This cracking is more problematic for the floor areas treated with the hydrophobic admixture, where no waterproofing membrane was applied.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number49448
NPARC number20378113
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