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Effects of Curing Methods on the Permeability and Mechanism of Cover Concrete
Curing methods are one of the most important factors in determining the quality and compactness of cover concrete. The effect of curing methods on the water absorption and sorptivity coefficient of cover concrete with the substitution ratio of fly ash (FA) and ground granulated blast slag (GGBS) for cement between 30 and 40 wt % was studied by capillary water absorption test. The vacuum saturation test and mercury intrusion test were employed to characterize these differences in the pore structure of cover concrete under different curing methods. With further analysis of the compactness of microstructure by SEM, the mechanism of the impact of curing methods on the permeability of cover concrete was revealed. The results obtained indicate that the effect of curing methods on the water absorption, sorptivity coefficient and porosity of cover concrete shows the trend of natural curing > cover curing > water curing > standard curing. It is also shown that reasonable curing is advantageous to reduce the porosity and permeability of cover concrete. In natural curing conditions, the appearance of porosity increasing and pore structure coarsening is more critical for cover concrete with mineral admixtures than for pure cement concrete. Therefore, the permeability of cover concrete with mineral admixtures is more sensitive to the early-age curing methods.
Keywords:Curing methods, Cover concrete, Permeability, Capillary water absorption, Porosity
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