Direct Tensile Strength in Joint of Roller Compacted Concrete Dams

J. O., MORANDI and R. J., ULIARTE (2017) Direct Tensile Strength in Joint of Roller Compacted Concrete Dams. In: Fifth International Conference on Advances in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering - ACSEE 2017, 27-28 May, 2017, Rome, Italy.

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Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) Dam construction involves the placement of concrete in successive layers, whose thickness may vary in general between 30 and 45 cm. The surfaces of contact between layers are planes or joints of potential weakness for the material, giving the same anisotropic mechanical characteristics. The tensile strength and shear strength of the joint between layers are basic design parameters for the RCC dam project, particularly necessary to ensure the reliability of the structure against seismic loads. The present work describes a test method to determine the direct tensile strength of the joint between layers and experimental results are obtained with this method, corresponding to the test of joints made under different conditions of concreting.The conditions studied included the test of joints with and without cement mortar, made with different waiting times between layers. Waiting times were one minute (continuous concreting condition), 6, 12, 24 and 72 hours. In the case of concreting with no waiting time, the results are compared with the indirect tensile strength determined by diametral compression tests. The results allow to confirm the reliability of the method and provide experimental information that shows the influence of the waiting time between layers, or maturity of the joint, in the tensile strength of the joint.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Concrete Roller Compacted (RCC) * Dams *Tensile Strength Direct Joints.
Depositing User: Mr. John Steve
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 11:07
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 11:07

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