Who wrote this?
Phil B. Bamforth BSc (Hons), PhD, C Eng, MICE
- Keith Wilson, Faber Maunsell (Chair)
- Chris Clear, BCA
- Steve Denton, Parsons Brinkerhoff
- Ravindra Dhir, University of Dundee (CTU)
- Charles Goodchild, The Concrete Centre
- Tom Harrison, QPA-BRMCA (corresponding)
- Neil Henderson, Mott MacDonald
- Denis Higgins, CSMA
- Tony Jones, Arup
- Rob Lewis, Elkem
- Jon Knights, Halcrow
- Bryan Marsh, Arup Materials
- Andrew Pitchford, CIRIA
- Ben Sadka, Highways Agency
- Lindon Sear, UKQAA
- Jonathan Wood, Consultant (representing ICE)
The project was funded by CIRIA core programme members and by special contributions from:
- The Institution of Civil Engineers Research and Development Enabling Fund
- The Concrete Centre
- The British Cement Association
- The Cementitious Slag Makers Association, and
- The UK Quality Ash Association
It was first published in February 2007.
- To help both designers and contractors to understand why early-age thermal cracking occurs
- To recognise the influencing factors
- To understand when cracking is most likely
- To appreciate the significance of cracking
- To have methods for its avoidance and/or control
Who should read this?
Anyone who primarily for designers, but information is also included to support contractors.
This 113-page book gives a method for checking that the reinforcement provided will be sufficient to control early-age cracking that may develop due to temperature change and shrinkage.
Early-age thermal cracking occurs when the tensile strain, arising from either restrained thermal contraction or a temperature differential, exceeds the tensile strain capacity of the concrete. In high strength concretes autogenous shrinkage may also contribute to early contraction. Numerous factors influence the risk of early-age cracking including the temperature rise; the coefficient of thermal expansion of the concrete; the restraint to movement offered either by adjacent elements or by differential strain within an element; and the ability of the concrete to resist tensile strain.
This book is compatible with EN1992-3:2006 and EN1992-1-1 with regard to the properties of concrete and the design of reinforcement.
- Cause of early-age thermal cracking
- Significance of cracking
- Estimating the risk of cracking
- Factors affecting early-age cracking and data required for design
- Application of the design process using worked examples
- Measures to mitigate cracking
- Specification, testing and monitoring
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