SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS, vol.19, no.3, pp.259-269, 2012 (SCI-Expanded)
In this study, the effects of aggregate type on the coefficient of thermal expansion of self-consolidating concrete (SCC) produced with normal and lightweight (porous) aggregate (SCLC) were investigated. In experiments, three aggregate types, gravel, volcanic tuff, and diatomite, were used. Different combinations of water/cement ratio and superplasticizer dosage levels were prepared for the SCC and SCLC mixtures. Thermal tests were performed to accurately characterize the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of SCC and SCLC aged 28 days using the dilatometer. The CTEs of SCC and SCLC were defined by measuring the linear change in length of concrete specimens subjected to a range of temperatures from 20 C to 1000 C. The results, in general, showed that SCLC has a lower CTE than that of SCC above 100 C. Moreover, CTE values of SCC and SCLC were decreased with increase in porous structure. The aggregate type has significant influence on the thermal properties of SCC.