Modelling The Effects of Aggregate Size on Alkali Aggregate Reaction Expansion

N. Z. Sekrane, A. Asroun


This work aims at developing models to predict the potential expansion of concrete containing alkali-reactive aggregates. The paper gives measurements in order to provide experimental data concerning the effect of particle size of an alkali-reactive siliceous limestone on mortar expansion. Results show that no expansion was measured on the mortars using small particles (0.5-1.0 mm) while the particles (1.0–2.0 mm) gave the largest expansions (0.217%). Two models are proposed, the first one studies the correlations between the measured expansions and the size of aggregates, the second one calculates the thickness of the porous zone necessary to take again all the volume of the gel created.


Alkali aggregate reaction; expansion; particle size; model; porous zone

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