Water penetration into micro-cracks in reinforced concrete

Cracks play a decisive role for durability and service life of reinforced concrete structures. In the contribution very fine micro-cracks, which are usually neglected in durability design were induced mechanically into steel reinforced mortar and concrete elements. It turned out that even finest micro-cracks are immediately water filled whenever the surface comes in contact with liquid water. lt can be concluded that micro-cracks have also to be taken into consideration in any realistic service life design. The penetration depth of micro-cracks in concrete plays a decisive role for service life. The role of micro-cracks for durability can be significantly reduced by water repellent treatment of the cracked surface. Further investigations will tell us to which degree and in which environment self-healing may reduce the influence of micro-cracks for durability of reinforced concrete. (A)

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    • ZHANG, P
    • HAIST, M
    • MUELLER, H S
    • ZHAO, T J
  • Publication Date: 2014-4


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  • Accession Number: 01530092
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 3 2014 3:24PM