Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
López M., Kahn L.F. and Kurtis K.E. (2007)

Characterization of elastic and time-dependent deformations in normal strength and high performance concrete by image analysis. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconres.2007.05.011

Revista : Cement and Concrete Research
Volumen : 37
Número : 8
Páginas : 1265-1277
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Deformations in normal strength concrete (NSC) and high performance concrete (HPC) were examined using image analysis to better understand the distribution of strain in these materials as related to their composition and microstructure. Elastic strain, creep and shrinkage were shown to occur non-uniformly throughout the NSC and HPC microstructure and creep and shrinkage strain both increased with time, as expected. The non-uniformity in the strain measurements also increased with time, as a consequence of dissimilarities in time-dependent behavior of the paste and the aggregate. However, compared with NSC, the time-dependent strains in the HPC were lower and showed less variation, suggesting a more uniform microstructure. In both NSC and HPC, high-strain sub-regions were evident in the vicinity of the interfacial transition zone (ITZ), likely as a consequence of the strain mismatch between aggregate and paste. The thickness of the high strain sub-regions along the ITZ in HPC were approximately one half of those in NSC.