THE CONCRETE CRACKING SYNDROME

Two causes are pointed out as being responsible for the duplication of effort presently found in the study of concrete cracking. First, those who use concrete as well as researchers trying to solve the concrete cracking problem have repeatedly failed to make a thorough literature search before attempting to solve the problem. This has resulted in repetititon of previously reported research and technical results. Secondly, research is being continually directed toward causes for cracking and toward attempts to limit shrinkage by specification through physical tests or chemical composition. The former has already been widely documented in the literature and the latter has had only limited success and has generally proved discriminatory. The real solution to the problem is seen as basic research by cement chemists and physicists to learn more about the mechanism of swelling and shrinkage. When the mechanism is quantitatively understood, it is believed that a cement of greater dimensional stability than at present could be produced.

  • Authors:
    • Mercer, L B
  • Publication Date: 1975-10

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  • Accession Number: 00127499
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM