Moisture transport and drying shrinkage properties of steel-fibre-reinforced-concrete.
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JAFARIFAR, N., PILAKOUTAS, K. and BENNETT, T. 2014. Moisture transport and drying shrinkage properties of steel-fibre-reinforced-concrete. Construction and building materials [online], 73, pages 41-50. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2014.09.039
Drying shrinkage has a serious impact on the structural and durability performance of concrete pavements. Shrinkage strain development and distress can only be fully understood by knowing the moisture transport and free shrinkage properties of concrete. This paper uses experiments and FE inverse analysis to determine these properties for conventional concrete (CC) and RCC reinforced with recycled-steel-fibres from tyres. Moisture diffusivity versus moisture content and a relationship between free shrinkage and moisture loss are derived. These values can be used to predict shrinkage strains and stresses in road pavements and other ground restrained slabs.