Cracking behavior of concrete with shrinkage reducing admixtures and PVA fibers

Alexandra Passuello*, Giacomo Moriconi, Surendra P. Shah

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The reduction of the risk of cracking has been evaluated by the reduction of drying shrinkage due to the addition of shrinkage reducing admixtures (SRA) and by the increase of the crack opening resistance due to the addition of fibers. Both technologies have been considered individually and used in combination. It has been noted that the addition of SRA delays the time of cracking and the addition of fiber reduces the crack opening. However, the addition of the shrinkage reducing admixture (SRA) to the fiber-reinforced concrete has led the concrete to a better cracking behavior even when the fiber dosage had been reduced. Finally, the cracking time has been predicted by applying two different theoretical approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-704
Number of pages6
JournalCement and Concrete Composites
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Concrete
  • Cracking
  • PVA fibers
  • Prediction of cracking
  • Shrinkage
  • Shrinkage reducing admixtures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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