Journal Published Online: 01 June 2000
Volume 22, Issue 1

Strength and Density of Laboratory-Prepared RCC Specimens: Effect of Compaction Procedure



Appropriate compaction is essential in producing roller-compacted concrete (RCC). An experimental program was conducted to study the effect of compaction on the strength and den-sity of RCC specimens. Compaction was achieved by tamping the sample with a hammer similar to that of ASTM D 1557. The main variables were the magnitude of compaction energy, number of lay-ers per mold, and cement content. The compaction energy ranged from 300 to 2700 kN-m/m3. The test results show that the decrease of the unit weight by 7.7% decreases the compressive and splitting tensile strengths by 73 and 71%, respectively. Increasing the cement content compensates for the reduction in compaction energy. The average degree of compaction of the cores taken from the field RCC test slabs was 99% of the unit weight of field samples prepared with a 2700 kN-m/m3 compaction energy.

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Shihata, SA
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Stock #: CCA10456J
ISSN: 0149-6123
DOI: 10.1520/CCA10456J