Measurement of drying shrinkage strain with full-scale test specimens for a PC box girder

Hitoshi Kobayashi, Tsutomu Sakimoto, Takashi Fujii, Toshiki Ayano, Toyo Miyagawa

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Recently, cracks in a few prestressed concrete (PC) structures at their early ages have been found in Japan. It was detennined that cracking was caused by large drying shrinkage of the concrete. Therefore, large test specimens whose sizes are the same as a real PC box girder were constructed and the drying shrinkage strain was measured over an extended period of time. This measurement helped explain what had happened in the real structures, and a clue to solve the problem of excessive drying shrinkage strain was obtained. In addition, it is now possible to predict damage to concrete caused by drying shrinkage with the analysis based on the moisture diffusion in concrete.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationfib Symposium TEL-AVIV 2013: Engineering a Concrete Future: Technology, Modeling and Construction, Proceedings
Publisherlsraeli Association of Construction and lnfrastructure Engineers (IACIE) and Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion - lsrael lnstitute of Technology
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9789659203901
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Eventfib Symposium TEL-AVIV 2013 - Tel-Aviv, Israel
Duration: Apr 22 2013Apr 24 2013


Otherfib Symposium TEL-AVIV 2013


  • Drying shrinkage
  • Full-scale test specimen
  • Moisture diffusion
  • PC structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture


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