Materiales de Construcción, Vol 68, No 329 (2018)

Effect of mix design on the size-independent fracture energy of normal- and high-strength self-compacting concrete


https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2018.00717

H. Cifuentes
ETS Ingeniería, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6302-418X

J. D. Ríos
ETS Ingeniería, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2079-5133

E. J. Gómez
ETS Ingeniería, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
orcid http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7770-7640

Abstract


Self-compacting concrete has a characteristic microstructure inherent to its specific composition. The higher content of fine particles in self-compacting concrete relative to the equivalent vibrated concrete produces a different fracture behavior that affects the main fracture parameters. In this work, a comprehensive experimental investigation of the fracture behavior of self-compacting concrete has been carried out. Twelve different self-compacting concrete mixes with compressive strength ranging from 39 to 124 MPa (wider range than in other studies) have been subjected to three-point bending tests in order to determine the specific fracture energy. The influence of the mix design and its composition (coarse aggregate fraction, the water to binder ratio and the paste to solids ratio) on its fracture behavior has been analyzed. Moreover, further evidence of the objectivity of the size-independent fracture energy results, obtained by the two most commonly used methods, has been provided on the self-compacting concrete mixes.

Keywords


Concrete; Mechanical properties; Microstructure; Mixture proportion; Characterization

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