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Reducing Thermal and Autogenous Shrinkage Contributions to Early-Age Cracking



Dale P. Bentz, Max A. Peltz


Early-age cracking continues to be a significant problem for new concrete construction. Two of the major contributors to such cracking are the heat released by cement hydration during the first few days of curing and the autogenous shrinkage that often occurs during the same time frame. In this paper, three potential alternatives for reducing these contributions by modifying the concrete mixture proportions are investigated, namely increasing the water-cement ratio (w/c), using a coarser cement, or replacing a portion of the portland cement with a coarse limestone powder.
American Concrete Institute (ACI) Materials Journal


cracking, early ages, shrinkage


Bentz, D. and Peltz, M. (2008), Reducing Thermal and Autogenous Shrinkage Contributions to Early-Age Cracking, American Concrete Institute (ACI) Materials Journal, [online], (Accessed November 30, 2023)
Created August 7, 2008, Updated May 5, 2017