Curling and strain monitoring of slabs strips in a laboratory environment

Authors: Fortin, Carl
Advisor: Bissonnette, Benoît
Abstract: The primary goal of this project was to relate curling and joint opening with ASTM C157 drying shrinkage measurements. In order to achieve this objective, 12 slabs were built with 8 different concrete mixtures. The main variables of the study were the type and amount of reinforcement and the use of a shrinkage-reducing admixture (SRA). Different phenomena were monitored, in particular curling, joint movements, creep and shrinkage. The advantages of using a shrinkage-reducing admixture (SRA) in ordinary concrete slabs are clearly demonstrated through the results obtained in this investigation. The study also shows the effectiveness of some fiber reinforcement systems in counteracting the detrimental effects of drying shrinkage. The large database on curling and joint opening produced in this investigation will be used to validate and calibrate predictive models in development, and will help the concrete industry to refine design rules for joint spacing.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2005
Open Access Date: 11 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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