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Impact of Low Temperatures on Compressive Strength of Concrete

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Construction process management is based on brief scheduling of the on-site performance of construction works. Therefore, it is frequently necessary to perform concrete works in wintertime when the air temperature is below 0°C. Thus, the necessity of the assessment of low temperature conditions on the compressive strength of concrete should be assessed. The assessment of the concrete compressive strength is usually based on destructive tests of concrete specimen (cubes or cylinders in compliance with procedure stated in EN 12390). However, the environment where the specimen are stored has significant impact on the compressive strength results of the specimen. The impact of the storage conditions of the specimen on their compressive strength results has been assessed in the paper.


concrete, compressive strength, low-temperature


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Sanita Rubene, Martins Vilnitis. (2017) Impact of Low Temperatures on Compressive Strength of Concrete. International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2, 97-101


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