The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 86 (2008) > Issues > Issue 15 > Early-age concrete crack control - Is EC 2 right or wrong?
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Early-age concrete crack control - Is EC 2 right or wrong?

The new Eurocode for early-age concrete crack control generally follows and builds on BS 8007 for liquid-retaining and containment structures and the fundamental theory for early-age thermal cracking in concrete. In conjunction with CIRIA Report C660 summarising recent research and experimental data evenmore effective and economical design should be possible. Unfortunately however there can be serious conflict in one major respect where large and unnecessary increases in reinforcement can be required for controlled cracking of edge-restrainedmembers. Thus efficient use of rebar and fibre reinforcement combinations to achieve well distributed fine cracks withminimumtotal reinforcement at the critical steel ratio could be seriously undermined for other types of concrete structures as well as water-retaining structures. The paper therefore examines themajor changes in the new code for early-age concrete crack control and compares these both with BS 8007 for convenience and with the fundamental theory for early-age cracking to resolve any conflicts or errors.

Barry P. Hughes, DEng, DSc, PhD, CEng, FIStructE, FICE
Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham, UK

Author(s): Hughes, Barry P

Keywords: cracking;concrete;bs8007;Eurocode2;comparing;restraint