The effects of using reactive carbonate rocks as concrete aggregates were evaluated in a laboratory investigation. Three reactive carbonate rocks, each producing a different manifestation of the alkali-carbonate rock reaction in concrete, were each used at three dilution levels, one with low-alkali and two with high-alkali portland cements, to make concrete specimens that were tested for length changes for 3 yr in a moist environment, and for compressive and tensile strengths to 1 yr. Limited testing for compressive strength was extended to 3 yr. A carbonate rock and a granite gneiss were also used as coarse aggregates in other concrete mixtures to serve as controls. The detection procedure and control criteria of Appendix C of the Standard Practice for Concrete for potentially reactive carbonate rocks intended for use as concrete aggregates were considered for validity in view of the laboratory results. The test data indicate that the numerical values used in Appendix C are satisfactory without change. It is recommended that Appendix C be modified to permit optional testing of potentially reactive rocks in concrete when this seems desirable.

  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station

    3909 Halls Ferry Road
    Vicksburg, MS  United States  39180-6199
  • Authors:
    • Buck, A D
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00093804
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AEWES-TR-C-75-3 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM