Development of high-performance self-compacting concrete applied as the filling layer of high-speed railway

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Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2018, 30 (2)
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© 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers. The filling layer of a China rail track system III (CRTS III) type ballastless track structure of a high-speed railway is a complicated structure typically constructed from self-compacting concrete (SCC). Excellent properties of SCC are of great importance to ensure the quality of construction technology and long-term service performance of the filling layer. In this study, preparation methodologies and properties of SCC applied as a filling layer are systematically investigated by series of experiments. The results indicate that high-performance SCC with high stability in a fresh state and low deformation in a hardened state was successfully achieved by optimizing aggregates and binder components. Use of viscosity-enhancing compounds can not only effectively improve the workability of fresh SCC, but also significantly enhance mechanical properties and decrease drying shrinkage and creep of hardened concrete.
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