A study of mix design and durability of self compacting concrete

(2005) A study of mix design and durability of self compacting concrete. Masters thesis, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.


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A self-compacting concrete (SCC) is the one that can be placed in the form and can go through obstructions by its own weight and without the need of vibration. Since its first development in Japan in 1988, SCC has gained wider acceptance in Japan, Europe and USA due to its inherent distinct advantages. Although there are visible signs of its gradual acceptance in the Middle East through its limited use in construction, Saudi Arabia has yet to explore the feasibility and applicability of SCC in new construction. The contributing factors to this reluctance appear to be lack of any supportive evidence of its suitability with local marginal aggregates and the harsh environmental conditions. The primary aim of this study is to explore the feasibility of using SCC made with local marginal aggregates of Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia by examining its basic properties and durability characteristics. This research consists of: (i) development of a suitable mix for SCC that would satisfy the requirements of the plastic state; (ii) casting of concrete samples and testing them for compressive strength, drying shrinkage, water permeability, and chloride permeability; and (iii) cyclic exposure tests involving wet-dry and heat-cool cycles to observe the degradation of the prepared SCC samples. Local aggregates, cement, admixtures and additives produced by the local suppliers were used by in this work. The significance of this work lies in its attempt to provide some performance data of SCC made in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia so as to draw attention to the possible use of SCC.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Civil Engineering
Department: College of Design and Built Environment > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Committee Advisor: Ahmad, Shamsad
Committee Members: Al-Gahtani, Ahmad S. and Al-Gadhib, Ali H. and Azad, Abul Kalam and Maslehuddin, Mohammed M.
Depositing User: Mr. Admin Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2008 13:45
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 13:49
URI: http://eprints.kfupm.edu.sa/id/eprint/9618