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Cause analysis of various concrete cracks

2020-06-12

Plastic shrinkage crack

Plastic shrinkage cracks mostly appear on the surface of newly-casted structures and components exposed to the air, and have different lengths and are incoherent. The cracks are relatively similar to the dry mud surface. Mostly after the initial setting of the concrete (generally around 4h after pouring), it occurs when the outside temperature is high, the wind speed is large, and the climate is very dry.

 

Settlement shrinkage crack

 

After vibrating the concrete, the coarse aggregate sinks, squeezes out water and air, and the surface appears to bleed, forming a vertical volume to reduce the sinking. This sinking is affected by steel bars, pretreatments, formwork, and large rough bones. The local obstruction or restriction of the material and the pre-set concrete, or the difference in the settlement of each part of the concrete itself is too large, causing cracks.

 shrinkage crack

Dry shrinkage cracks

After the concrete is formed, it is improperly maintained, exposed to the wind and sun, the surface water dissipates quickly, the volume shrinkage is large, and the internal humidity changes very little, the shrinkage is also small, so the surface shrinkage deformation is constrained by the internal concrete, and tensile stress occurs, causing the concrete surface Crack

 

Or the moisture of the long horizontal member evaporates, and the resulting volume shrinkage is constrained by the foundation or cushion, and dry shrinkage cracks appear.

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