Concrete structures are subjected to shrinkage since the moment when the water makes contact with the cement. From that moment on, depending on the concrete composition and its curing conditions, chemical, autogenous and drying shrinkage might increase the risk of early-age cracking. Once a crack is formed, it may become the preferential path for the ingress of many aggressive agents inside the structure increasing the probability of damage due to corrosion, carbonation and other mechanisms. The use of superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) has been extensively studied to reduce the shrinkage cracking risk in mortar specimens by acting as internal curing agent to mitigate autogenous shrinkage. In this paper, a commercially available SAP was investigated as shrinkage reducing agent by means of internal curing in concrete specimens. The shrinkage of the concrete was monitored for 28 days with both a demountable mechanical strain gauge (DEMEC) and optical fiber sensors (SOFO). The SAP-containing concrete showed a complete mitigation of autogenous shrinkage during 28 days of measurement, for both methods. The SOFO sensors showed the occurrence of cracks after 7 days for the reference mixture, while for the SAP containing mixture, no crack was identified during the 28 days of measurements.

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Published on 25/09/20
Submitted on 21/09/20

DOI: 10.23967/dbmc.2020.099
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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