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Investigation of the Effect of Freeze-Thaw Cycles on the Mechanical Properties of Hardened Self-Compacting Concrete

Version 1 : Received: 4 May 2020 / Approved: 6 May 2020 / Online: 6 May 2020 (04:10:11 CEST)

How to cite: Kap, R. Investigation of the Effect of Freeze-Thaw Cycles on the Mechanical Properties of Hardened Self-Compacting Concrete. Preprints 2020, 2020050092 Kap, R. Investigation of the Effect of Freeze-Thaw Cycles on the Mechanical Properties of Hardened Self-Compacting Concrete. Preprints 2020, 2020050092

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of freeze-thaw cycles on the mechanical properties of hardened self-compacting concrete for varying column heights. A column (100×20×300 cm) was fabricated by C30 self-compacting concrete in the laboratory and 10 cube samples (10x10x10 cm) were taken from fresh concrete as the references. After a period of 28 days, 160 core specimens (Ø67 mm in diameter) were taken from different column heights. Unit weight, water absorption, compressive strength, and freeze-thaw tests were performed on these 170 (10 reference cubic and 160 core) samples. The mechanical properties of the core specimens before freeze-thaw and after 8-56 freeze-thaw cycles were reported for varying column heights. The average compressive strength value of the reference cubic samples was determined as 40.28 MPa, while the compressive strengths of the core specimens before freeze-thaw were ranged from 40.25 MPa to 49.62 MPa, impying an increase in compressive strength values up to 23.18% compared to the reference cubic samples. Compressive strengths of the specimens subjected to 8 and 56 freeze-thaw cycles varied between 38.71‒48.07 MPa and 31.72‒39.11 MPa, respectively. Statistical analysis revealed that the compressive strength of the concrete exposed to 56 freeze-thaw cycles was significantly different from that of the other specimens.

Subject Areas

self-compacting concrete; core specimens; freeze-thaw; compressive strength

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