1 April 2015 The exploration study of fire damage to concrete specimen using x-ray computed tomography
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Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) loses the evaporable water at about 100 °C, decomposes C-S-H at about 200 °C, and dehydrates CH at about 500 °C, and deconstruct C-S-H at about 900°C. The concrete degradation or cracks are caused by several possible parameters, such as vapor pressure in pores, thermal gradient, and varied expansion rates of cement pastes and aggregates. The objective of the exploration study was to assess the porosity before and after conditioning of high temperature in the laboratory with the medical X-ray computed tomography. The experimental program was determined to identify the mineral properties of the aggregates used and determine the consensus properties of compressive, splitting tensile, and flexural strengths. Concrete cylinders were subject with one temperature conditioning, namely 400°C, but two different heat conditioning time namely four and eight hours. The X-ray CT, before and after high temperature conditioning, was administrated on the concrete cylinders to inspect the depth of the damage zone, which shall consist of more porosity than undamaged one. The damage zone will be examined and identified through the changes in porosity of concrete paste and aggregates within a concrete cylinder. The significance of the exploration study was to provide an in-depth insight to define the damaged zone for a better understanding of the following repairing and reinforced work.
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Yu-Min Su, Yu-Min Su, Min-Gin Lee, Min-Gin Lee, Guan-Ying Chen, Guan-Ying Chen, "The exploration study of fire damage to concrete specimen using x-ray computed tomography", Proc. SPIE 9437, Structural Health Monitoring and Inspection of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, and Civil Infrastructure 2015, 94370A (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2085616; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2085616

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