Cracking sensitivity of cementitious repair materials : assessments and development of test methods

Authors: Morency, Maxim
Advisor: Bissonnette, Benoît; Vaysburd, Alexander
Abstract: The premature deterioration of concrete repairs in service is a result of a variety of physico-chemical and electrochemical processes. Among the most serious causes of repair failures is cracking of the repair. Cracking may result in the reduction of an effective cross-sectional area of the repaired structure and increase the effective permeability of the concrete cover, thus promoting corrosion of the reinforcement and further deterioration. The main objective of this project was to contribute to the development and assessment of a reliable test method for evaluating the sensitivity to cracking of repair materials. A performance test was developed and used to establish correlations with existing indirect test methods (ring test, beam deflexion test, drying shrinkage test, etc.). The performance test method uses of a reference slab containing a cavity on the top surface to be filled with the repair material to be tested. The reference test slab, which offers a degree of restraint comparable to what is found in reality, allows simulating the behavior of the material in real concrete repair conditions. In order to better evaluate the test methods, experimental repairs have also been made on existing structures exposed to service conditions.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2013
Open Access Date: 19 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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