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Evaluating The Effects Of Combined Freezing And Thawing And Flexural Fatigue Loading Cycles On The Fracture Properties Of FRC

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HPSM040181

Volume

76

Pages

11

Published

2004

Size

642 kb

Author(s)

D.P. Forgeron & J.F. Trottier

Abstract

In cold climate regions, the life span of concrete structures can be significantly reduced if the mechanical properties of critical components of a structure are affected by the deterioration caused by simultaneous fatigue loading and freezing and thawing cycles. This makes the residual mechanical properties of the constitutive concrete material an important design consideration, after years of exposure in such a climate. The objective of the research program was to evaluate the residual mechanical properties of plain and Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC) (hooked-end steel, corrugated steel, and polyolefin fibers) exposed to several combinations of freezing and thawing cycles and flexural fatigue loading cycles. The residual mechanical properties (flexural strength, fl

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