Bentz, Dale P.4, Jensen, Ole Mejlhede2, Lura, Pietro2
1 Section for Building Materials and Geotechnics, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark2 Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark3 National Institute of Standards and Technology4 National Institute of Standards and Technology
Autogenous deformation of concrete can be defined as the free deformation of sealed concrete at a constant temperature. A number of observed problems with early age cracking of high-performance concretes can be attributed to this phenomenon. During the last 10 years , this has led to an increased focus on autogenous deformation both within concrete practice and concrete research. Since 1996 the interest has been significant enough to hold international, yearly conferences entirely devoted to this subject. The papers in this publication were presented at two consecutive half-day sessions at the American Concrete Institute’s Fall Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, October 29, 2002. All papers have been reviewed according to ACI rules. This publication, as well as the sessions, was sponsored by ACI committee 236, Material Science of Concrete. The 12 presentations from 8 different countries indicate the broad, global research efforts dealing with autogenous deformation, and the good attendance at the convention – an audience of up to 90 people – shows that this interest is shared by the general concrete community. Attendees left with an understanding of the complexity of the autogenous deformation of concrete – the sessions showed that cooperation and more research are needed. At the ACI 2002 Fall Convention, the international materials research organization, RILEM, took steps to promote further research and cooperation within this area. Two technical committees held initial meetings with the involvement of many ACI members. More collaborative research will be carried out!