This paper proposes an efficient test scheme for concrete permeability based on the principle of the test of water penetration depth. By utilizing an autoclave, at least 18 concrete samples can be evaluated simultaneously under the same operating condition. Experimental results show that the proposed test scheme yields permeability measurements with high reproducibility. Testing conditions equivalent to those of a conventional flexible wall permeameter are simulated by fixing a water reservoir on the top and an air buffer at the bottom of the test sample. In addition, the whole is put under uniformly applied pressure inside the autoclave. Boundary leakage in the traditional concrete permeability test is eliminated by a new vacuum coating method that offers an excellent bonding between the concrete surface and the resin coating compound. Thus, the proposed test scheme not only greatly increases the testing efficiency, but also improves the consistency of the results of the water permeability test on concrete.

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    • Partial financial support was provided by Grant RI94/95.EG07.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Concrete Institute (ACI)

    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington Hills, MI  United States  48331
  • Authors:
    • Li, Zhihao
    • Chau, C K
  • Publication Date: 2000-1


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  • Accession Number: 00792327
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: CMS-9413725, NA47408-95-C-0225, 28
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 2000 12:00AM