A Comparison of the Bond Characteristics in Conventional and Self-Compacting Concrete, Part II: Code Provisions and Empirical Equations

New Zealand Concrete Society
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Conference Proceeding
9th International Symposium on High Performance Concrete, 2011, pp. 443 - 450
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Self-compacting concrete (SCC) is a highly workable concrete that flows through complex structural elements under its own weight. It is cohesive enough to fill the spaces of almost any size and shape without segregation or bleeding. This makes SCC become more practical wherever concrete placing is difficult, such as in heavily-reinforced concrete members or in complicated formworks. Bond behaviour between concrete and reinforcement is a primary factor in design of reinforced concrete structures. This study presents a comparison between code provisions and empirical equations with the experimental results from the recent studies on the bond strength of SCC and conventional concrete (CC). The comparison is based on the measured bond between reinforcing steel and concrete by utilizing the pullout test on the embedded bars at various heights in mock-up structural elements to assess the top-bar effect and on single bars in small prismatic specimens; and conducting the beam tests. The investigated varying parameters on bond strength are: the steel bar diameter, concrete compressive strength, concrete type, curing age of concrete and height of the embedded bar along the formwork.
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