This paper presents the results of a preliminary study aimed at assessing the crack sealing capacity in chloride environments of different concrete mixtures, incorporating supplementary cementitious materials as well as self-healing enhancing crystalline admixtures. For each addition, also including pulverized fuel ash and silica fume, different contents were taken into consideration. Cylinder specimens were pre-cracked in splitting up to three different crack-opening ranges, simulating different service conditions, and then exposed to different conditioning environments, also containing different concentrations of sodium chloride and including both permanent immersion and wet/dry cycles. Healing conditioning was performed up to three months and crack sealing was visually inspected and quantified via image analysis procedures, monthly. Optimum dosages of each cement substitute/addition were quantified, also considering, besides the healing capacity, also the fresh state performance and compressive strength development. The good performance of mixes with crystalline admixture even under open-air exposure, as well as of other investigated mixes with reference to crack openings and exposure conditions, paves the way to revise the significance of a serviceability design parameter such as the maximum allowable crack width as a function of the exposure with the concept of a sealable crack width.
|Titolo:||Crack sealing capacity in chloride-rich environments of mortars containing different cement substitutes and crystalline admixtures|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|
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