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Control of Cracking in Reinforced Concrete Structures

Research Project

ISBN: 9781786300522

Publication Date: August 2016   Hardback   256 pp.

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This book presents new guidelines for the control of cracking in massive reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. Understanding this behavior during construction allows engineers to ensure properties such as durability, reliability, and water- and air-tightness throughout a structure’s lifetime. Based on the findings of the French national project, the authors extend existing engineering standards and codes to advance the measurement and prediction of cracking patterns.
Various behaviors of concrete under load are explored within the chapters of the book. These include cracking of ties, beams and in walls, and the simulation and evaluation of cracking, shrinkage and creep. The authors propose new engineering rules for crack width and space assessment of cracking patterns, and provide recommendations for measurement devices and protocols.
Intended as a reference for design and civil engineers working on construction projects, as well as to aid further work in the research community, applied examples are provided at the end of each chapter in the form of expanded measurement methods, calculations and commentary on models.


1. Project Presentation.
2. Hydration Effects of Concrete at an Early Age and the Scale Effect.
3. Cracking of Ties.
4. Cracking of Beams Under Mechanical Flexural Loading.
5. Cracking in Walls.
6. Minimum Reinforcement of Thick Concrete Elements.
7. Shrinkage, Creep and Other Concrete Properties.
8. Cracking of Beams and Walls Subject to Restrained Deformations at SLS.
9. Effects of Various Phenomena in Combination.
10. Numerical Modeling: a Methodological Approach.
11. Recommendations for the use of Measurements on Mock-up Test Facilities and Structures.

About the Authors

Francis Barre, Géodynamique et Structure
Philippe Bisch, Egis Industries
Danièle Chauvel, EDF SEPTEN
Jacques Cortade, Consultant
Jean-François Coste, IESF
Jean-Philippe Dubois, Consultant
Silvano Erlicher, Egis
Etienne Gallitre, EDF SEPTEN
Pierre Labbé, EDF
Jacky Mazars, University of Grenoble
Claude Rospars, IFSTTAR – EDF SEPTEN
Alain Sellier, LMDC, University of Toulouse
Jean-Michel Torrenti, IFSTTAR
François Toutlemonde, IFSTTAR


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