Moisture diffusion in concrete and mechanisms of drying creep

Zdenek P Bazant*, Y. P. Xi, L. Molina

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The Pickett effect is the excess of creep at drying over the sum of shrinkage and basic creep. Several theoretical models have been presented to speculate on the mechanisms of this effect, but there are no experimental data in the literature that could clearly distinguish among the proposed mechanisms in the models. To obtain a direct experimental information on the different mechanisms of the Pickett effect, a series of novel experiments has recently been conducted at Northwestern University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond
EditorsHojjat Adeli, Robert L. Sierakowski
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)0872628043
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
EventASCE Engineering Mechanics Specialty Conference - Columbus, OH, USA
Duration: May 20 1991May 22 1991


OtherASCE Engineering Mechanics Specialty Conference
CityColumbus, OH, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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