Frost Resistance of Building Materials : Proceedings of the 3rd Nordic Research Seminar in Lund, 1999

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This report contains papers presented at a Research Seminar , or rather "workshop",
organised by our Department. It is the third in a series. The previous seminars were held in
1993 and 19961• The seminar is "Nordic", by which is meant that the speakers came from
the Scandinavian countries -Demnark, Norway, Sweden- and Finland. Certainly there are
other Nordic countries in which frost is a real problem, but this time there were no
participants from these countries. Most participants were invited personally and asked to
give presentations. The seminar language was English making it possible also for
participants from outside Scandinavia to take part. This time same German guest research
students took part as "observers" and as contributors to the discussions.
The papers cover many aspects of frost damage. Some papers discuss the very important
problem of mai sture uptake before and during a freeze/tha w test. Other papers treat the
destruction mechanisms behind salt-frost scaling and internai frost attack. There are also
papers dealing with the assessment of the service life of concrete exposed to frost action.
Same papers present data from field exposure of specimens and from real structures.
Altogether, the seminar gives a good picture of what is going on in frost research in the
Nordic countries. Almost aU papers, however, treat concrete. There are many more
building materials for which frost damage is a problem, but no papers were presented. This
does not necessarily mean that work is not done on materials such as clay brick, natural
stone, etc, but evidently the activities are much smaller than for concrete. One reason
might be that it is much more difficult to find research funding for studies of these types of


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Materials Engineering
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDivision of Building Materials, LTH, Lund University
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameReport TVBM 3087
ISSN (Print)0348-7911

Bibliographic note

Conference Name: Proceedings of the 3rd Nordic Research Seminar Conference Location: Lund, Sweden Conference Date: 1999-08-31/1999-09-01

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