Electrical resistivity measurement to study alkali-silica-reaction cracking in mortar

J. Flores, M. Kamali, Ali Ghahremaninezhad-M

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Alkali-silica-reaction (ASR) cracking in concrete is one of the primary concerns in the structural integrity assessment of concrete infrastructures. Therefore, characterizing the susceptibility of concrete to ASR and ways to address this issue is crucial in the design of concrete structures. In this paper, electrical resistivity measurement was used to study ASR in mortar containing reactive aggregate and correlated with the mortars' expansion. Mechanical strength tests and microscopic examination were carried out to obtain an understanding of the effect of ASR on the mortar strength and microstructure. Control mortar and mortar with glass powder as a supplementary cementitious material were prepared and used for comparison. The results indicated that ASR cracking in the microstructure of the control mortar significantly affected electrical resistivity and resulted in a degradation of the mechanical strength of mortars. It was shown that glass powder modified mortar was resistant to ASR expansion and alkali binding was a primary mechanism mitigating ASR in the glass modified mortar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationForensic Engineering 2015: Performance of the Built Environment - Proceedings of the 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780784479711
StatePublished - 2015
Event7th Congress on Forensic Engineering: Performance of the Built Environment - Miami, United States
Duration: Nov 15 2015Nov 18 2015


Other7th Congress on Forensic Engineering: Performance of the Built Environment
CountryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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