Effect of Post-Fire Curing on the Residual Mechanical Properties of Fire-Damaged Self-Compacting Concrete

Mahsa Mirmomeni, Amin Heidarpour, Erik Schlangen, Scott Smith
2016 Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures   unpublished
Concrete is recognized for being a fire-resistant construction material. At elevated temperatures concrete can, however, undergo considerable damage such as strength degradation, cracking, and explosive spalling. In recent decades, reuse of fire-damaged concrete structures by means of developing techniques to repair the degraded material has gained interest amongst researchers. Autogenic self-healing methods such as re-curing in water has proven to partly restore the strength of concrete. The
more » ... tent of restoration is dependent upon various parameters such as concrete type, exposure temperature, and post-fire curing conditions for example. The use of selfcompacting/consolidating concrete (SCC) has become common in the construction industry due to its high workability and low permeability. This paper presents the results of an experimental study aimed at investigating the improved mechanical properties of high temperature exposed SCC concrete by the autogenic self-healing phenomenon resulting from water re-curing. The residual mechanical properties including strength, modulus of elasticity and ultimate strain of the material upon application of different post-fire curing regimes are presented herein with special emphasis on the effect of thermal profile including exposure time, temperature and cooling rate. The experimental results confirm that the recovery of material properties in fire-damaged SCC concrete is contingent on the post-fire water curing conditions.
doi:10.21012/fc9.027 fatcat:7rdysa5hijby5cmszak52ky7n4