In the last several decades, the growth of Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) production and the increased consumption of natural resources have led to promoting the use of secondary raw materials for a more sustainable construction. Specifically, the use of Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA), derived from waste concrete, for the production of Recycled Aggregate Concrete (RAC) has attracted a significant interest both in industry and in academia. However, the use of RAC in field applications still finds some barriers. In this context, the present study investigates experimentally the effects of freeze-thaw and wet-dry cycles on the stress transfer mechanisms of reinforced RAC elements through tension stiffening tests. First of all, the paper presents a detailed analysis of the degradation due to the aging process of RAC with RCAs obtained from different sources. Particularly, the results of tension stiffening tests are analyzed in terms of crack formation and propagation, matrix tensile strength contribution and steel-to-concrete bond. The results highlight that the pre-cracking elastic modulus, the first crack strength as well as the maximum concrete strength are strongly influenced by the presence of the Attached Mortar (AM) in RCA, as the former affects the concrete's open porosity. Therefore, the amount of AM is identified as the key parameter for the evaluation of durability of reinforced RAC members: a degradation-law is also proposed which correlates the initial concrete open porosity with the damage observed in reinforced RAC elements.

Effects of Freeze-Thaw and Wet-Dry Cycles on Tension Stiffening Behavior of Reinforced RAC Elements

Pepe, M;Martinelli, E;
2021

Abstract

In the last several decades, the growth of Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) production and the increased consumption of natural resources have led to promoting the use of secondary raw materials for a more sustainable construction. Specifically, the use of Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA), derived from waste concrete, for the production of Recycled Aggregate Concrete (RAC) has attracted a significant interest both in industry and in academia. However, the use of RAC in field applications still finds some barriers. In this context, the present study investigates experimentally the effects of freeze-thaw and wet-dry cycles on the stress transfer mechanisms of reinforced RAC elements through tension stiffening tests. First of all, the paper presents a detailed analysis of the degradation due to the aging process of RAC with RCAs obtained from different sources. Particularly, the results of tension stiffening tests are analyzed in terms of crack formation and propagation, matrix tensile strength contribution and steel-to-concrete bond. The results highlight that the pre-cracking elastic modulus, the first crack strength as well as the maximum concrete strength are strongly influenced by the presence of the Attached Mortar (AM) in RCA, as the former affects the concrete's open porosity. Therefore, the amount of AM is identified as the key parameter for the evaluation of durability of reinforced RAC members: a degradation-law is also proposed which correlates the initial concrete open porosity with the damage observed in reinforced RAC elements.
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