Effect of silica fume on self-desiccation and strength

Bertil Persson

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Self-desiccation occurs in all types of concrete due to the chemical shrinkage that takes place when water is attached to the cement. In High Performance Concrete the low porosity makes the effect of self-desiccation much more pronounced. This paper presents a summary of a Nordic Seminar on Self-Desiccation in Concrete held in Lund. For this purpose aspects of mix design, curing conditions, desiccation, micro-cracking, self-stresses, shrinkage and frost resistance related to self-desiccation are detailed. Initially a background is given on the principal effects of Seminar took place in Lund on 10 June 1997.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Nordic Concrete Research Meeting, Espoo, Finland 1996 / NCR Research projects 1996
PublisherNorsk Betongforening
ISBN (Print)82-91341-02-8
Publication statusPublished - 1996
EventNordic Concrete Research Meeting, 1996 - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 1996 Aug 211996 Aug 23
Conference number: 16

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0800-6377


ConferenceNordic Concrete Research Meeting, 1996

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Materials Engineering


  • Autogenous shrinkage
  • Chemical Shrinkage
  • Frost resistance
  • High Performance Concrete
  • Hydration
  • Internal relative humidity
  • Moisture
  • Self-desiccation
  • Selfstresses


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