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Symmetric prism characterisation test to infer heat generation and heat conduction properties of concrete

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Gimenez Fernandez, Mar 

Abstract

Performance-based concrete design can accelerate the acceptance of emerging lower carbon concretes to reduce the environmental impact. A semi-adiabatic symmetric concrete prism experimental and analytical approach is proposed as a pathway for concrete thermal characterisation. The prism design promotes 1-D heat flow conditions using a single insulated specimen. The prism dimensions (700 mm ×100 mm ×100 mm) are rationalised to suit usage as a characterisation specimen and mix compositions that replicate those of in-situ concretes can be assessed. The experimental spatial and temporal thermal profiles of a CEM I mix and a high GGBS replacement mix were measured during hydration and through a step change in temperature in the hardened state. Thermocouples and a distributed fibre optic sensor along the central axis of the symmetric prism were used for this purpose. Multi-physics modelling provided a platform to address thermal measurement data uncertainty, extract fundamental concrete thermal parameters and gain insight into the heat generation and heat flow physics in the concrete prism specimens. The complete heat generation and maturity time histories were accurately modelled and ‘concrete thermal footprints’ derived.

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Construction and Building Materials

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0950-0618
1879-0526

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Elsevier
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2275026)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/N017668/1)

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