The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 32 (1954) > Issues > Issue 9 > Autogenous Healing of Concrete in Compression
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Autogenous Healing of Concrete in Compression

Concrete that has failed in compression (or tension)possesses the property of healing, providing the fractured parts are maintained damp and in intimate contact. The experimental work described in this paper was carried out to ascertain if any quantititive results could be found concerning healing in compression and how it was connected with the general hardening process in concrete. Only one mix of concrete was used and initial tests were made to ascertain the most suitable degree of failure for specimens to be healed. Concrete cylinders 5 in. dia. x 1O in. high were used. A series of these was tested at varying ages and re-tested after further periods of curing. Load-compression (or deformation) curves were taken for each test. It was found that the healing followed the same form as the general hardening process in concrete and it is thought probable that the healing is dependent upon the damage sustained by the initial compression test. A possible law for the deformation of concrete up to the point of failure is suggested for ordinary and healed concrete. Finally, practical consideration is given to the healing process in everyday site work. E.F. Whitlam

Author(s): Whitlam, E F

Keywords: autogenous healing;concrete;compression;research