Journal article

Aggregate-Dependent Approach to Formulate and Predict Properties of High-Strength and Very-High-Strength Concrete

SK Baduge, P Mendis, R San Nicolas, M Rupasinghe, J Portella

Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering | American Society of Civil Engineers | Published : 2020


The importance of selecting suitable aggregates in very-high-strength concrete (VHSC) (>100 MPa) and high-strength concrete (HSC) (50-100 MPa) formulations and quantifying their influence on the mechanical properties is the focus of this study. The effect of two aggregate types, basalt and granite, on hardened properties was investigated. The study showed that selecting suitable aggregate is vital to produce VHSC with compressive strengths up to 150 MPa or more, and suitable aggregate types are proposed. The currently available models cannot predict the properties of HSC and VHSC accurately considering the aggregate effects. Finally, using results of present experimental program and the lite..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge Shushant Menon and Jacques Tessier from Holcim, Australia, for facilitating trials and providing aggregates. The authors also would like to acknowledge Dr. Damith Mohotti, Dr. Jinghan Lu, and Dr. Amitha Jayalath for assisting with the experiential program. The authors would like to acknowledge the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform for carrying out nanoindentation tests. This research was partly funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant through Industrial Transformation Training Centres Grant No. IC150100023.