Role of test method in detection of alkali-silica reactivity of concrete aggregates

Munir, M, Abbas, S, Qazi, A, Nehdi, M and Kazmi, S 2018, 'Role of test method in detection of alkali-silica reactivity of concrete aggregates', Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials, vol. 171, no. 5, pp. 203-221.


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Title Role of test method in detection of alkali-silica reactivity of concrete aggregates
Author(s) Munir, M
Abbas, S
Qazi, A
Nehdi, M
Kazmi, S
Year 2018
Journal name Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials
Volume number 171
Issue number 5
Start page 203
End page 221
Total pages 19
Publisher I C E Publishing
Abstract The risk of alkali-silica reaction of concrete aggregates in many parts of the world remains largely unexplored. In particular, a suitable approach for testing aggregates with marginal to moderate alkali-silica reactivity has not been clearly identified. In this study, the mineralogical compositions of aggregates from five different quarries were investigated. Mortar bar expansion for these aggregates was tested as per the guidelines of both C 227 and C 1260. Although the tested aggregate sources proved non-reactive under ASTM C 227 test conditions, ASTM C 260 identified one group of aggregates as potentially reactive. Scanning electron microscopy imaging confirmed that two sources of aggregates were reactive. The compressive and flexural strength test results of aged specimens with reactive aggregates indicated that the strength reduction of those subjected to 1 month of ASTM C 260 exposure was similar to those of specimens under 6 months of ASTM C 227 exposure. Based on the experimental results, it appears that aggregates with potential alkali-silica damage may be characterised as non-reactive if the appropriate test method is not adopted. The findings indicate that the ASTM C 1260 procedure is more effective in determining the reactivity potential of marginally to moderately reactive aggregates.
Subject Construction Materials
DOI - identifier 10.1680/jcoma.16.00058
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