Self-compacting concrete: the role of the particle size distribution

H.J.H. Brouwers, H.J. Radix

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This paper addresses experiments and theories on Self-Compacting Concrete. The "Chinese Method", as developed by Su et al. and Su and Miao and adapted to European circumstances, serves as a basis for the development of new concrete mixes. Mixes, consisting of slag blended cement, gravel (4-16mm), three types of sand (0-1, 0-2 and 0-4mm) and a polycarboxylic ether type superplasticizer, were developed. These mixes are extensively tested, both in fresh and hardened states, and meet all practical and technical requirements such as a low cement and powder content (medium strength and low cost). It follows that the particle size distribution of all solids in the mix should follow the grading line of the modified Andreasen and Andersen model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings First International Symposium on Design, Performance and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete, Changsha, China, May 26-28, 2005
EditorsZ. Yu, C. Shi, K.H. Kayat, Y. Xie
Place of PublicationChangsha, China
PublisherRILEM Publications
ISBN (Print)29-121-4362-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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