Pozzolanic materials and high-range water-reducing admixtures have improved the strength and durability of concrete construction. Since compressive strength is the most commonly used parameter to describe the quality of concrete, high-strength or high-performance concrete, has been used in many structures that are sensitive to shrinkage cracking. No systematic study has been conducted to evaluate the restrained shrinkage cracking behavior of high-strength concrete. This paper presents research on the restrained shrinkage cracking on several strength levels of concrete. Higher strength levels were derived by partial substitution of cement with silica fume and by reducing the water content. Ring-type specimens were used for restrained shrinkage cracking tests. Free shrinkage, creep, weight loss, compressive, and splitting tensile strength were also examined. Findings reveal that the free shrinkage for different concretes does not depend on the unit water content or weight loss and that high-strength silica fume concrete shows higher shrinkage and lower creep. Cracking for high-strength silica fume concrete develops much faster and is significantly wider than that of normal-strength concrete.


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  • Accession Number: 00727008
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1996 12:00AM