Experimental study about the effects of granular skeleton distribution on the mechanical properties of self-compacting concrete (SCC),
Construction and Building Materials,
78, pp. 40-49 (2015).
In recent years, the use of self-compacting concrete (SCC) has been increasing. Although methods for designing the mixture proportions usually derive from experience with conventional concretes, some specific procedures still are not universally accepted. The design and characterization of SCC influences not only the mix components (paste volume and nature, binder amount and type, granular skeleton, etc.) but also the testing methods used to validate the self-compactability (usually in terms of rheology, fluidity, viscosity and resistance to segregation). This paper studies the influence on SCC mechanical properties based on the consideration of two types of granular skeleton, discontinuous and continuous, for different strength levels (35 and 60 MPa). For the both strength levels studied, the mix with continuous granular skeleton exhibited slightly higher segregation resistance and mechanical properties than did mixes with discontinuous granular skeleton.