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Fracture behavior of self-compacting semi-lightweight concrete containing nano-silica

Fracture behavior of self-compacting semi-lightweight concrete containing nano-silica This study investigates the effects of colloidal nano-silica content on the fracture parameters and brittleness of self-compacting semi-lightweight concrete. For this purpose, eight mix compositions were prepared with various contents of colloidal nano-silica (0%, 1%, 3%, and 5%) and two water to binder ratios of 0.35 and 0.45. A total of 96 notched beams of different sizes were made and three-point bending tests were conducted on them. The fracture parameters of all semi-lightweight concrete mixes were specified and analyzed by size effect method. The results of this research indicated that using colloidal nano-silica in semi-lightweight concrete and decreasing water to binder ratio from 0.45 to 0.35, (1) fracture energy (Gf) and fracture toughness (KIC) of semi-lightweight concrete increased, (2) the brittleness number of semi-lightweight concrete increased, (3) the best effects of colloidal nano-silica on the mechanical properties and the fracture parameters of semi-lightweight concrete were obtained when cement was replaced by 3% of colloidal nano-silica, and (4) failure behavior of the semi-lightweight concrete moved to the strength criterion. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Structural Engineering SAGE

Fracture behavior of self-compacting semi-lightweight concrete containing nano-silica

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SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2019
ISSN
1369-4332
eISSN
2048-4011
DOI
10.1177/1369433219837426
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Abstract

This study investigates the effects of colloidal nano-silica content on the fracture parameters and brittleness of self-compacting semi-lightweight concrete. For this purpose, eight mix compositions were prepared with various contents of colloidal nano-silica (0%, 1%, 3%, and 5%) and two water to binder ratios of 0.35 and 0.45. A total of 96 notched beams of different sizes were made and three-point bending tests were conducted on them. The fracture parameters of all semi-lightweight concrete mixes were specified and analyzed by size effect method. The results of this research indicated that using colloidal nano-silica in semi-lightweight concrete and decreasing water to binder ratio from 0.45 to 0.35, (1) fracture energy (Gf) and fracture toughness (KIC) of semi-lightweight concrete increased, (2) the brittleness number of semi-lightweight concrete increased, (3) the best effects of colloidal nano-silica on the mechanical properties and the fracture parameters of semi-lightweight concrete were obtained when cement was replaced by 3% of colloidal nano-silica, and (4) failure behavior of the semi-lightweight concrete moved to the strength criterion.

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Advances in Structural EngineeringSAGE

Published: Jul 1, 2019

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