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Internal Curing Improves Concrete Performance throughout its Life

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Author(s)

Ryan Henkensiefken, Javier Castro, Haejin Kim, Dale P. Bentz, Jason Weiss

Abstract

Internal curing (IC) provides a set of water reservoirs within the concrete to prevent self-desiccation and promote hydration. While early research in this area focused on reductions in early-age deformation and cracking, recent efforts have demonstrated that IC also positively impacts durability-related properties such as sorptivity and diffusion coefficients. In addition, the water provided by the internal reservoirs can also be employed beneficially by fresh concrete to reduce plastic shrinkage settlement and cracking. These recent research efforts are reviewed in this paper.
Citation
Concrete InFocus
Volume
8
Issue
5

Keywords

Building technology, durability, hydration, internal curing, shrinkage, strength, sustainability.

Citation

Henkensiefken, R. , Castro, J. , Kim, H. , Bentz, D. and Weiss, J. (2009), Internal Curing Improves Concrete Performance throughout its Life, Concrete InFocus, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=901551 (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created August 31, 2009, Updated October 12, 2021