Early Age Cracking - pdf format only




The purpose of these notes is to provide a broad overview of random cracking in concrete. The content is not strictly limited to early age cracking. However, the content relates to those factors that determine early age behaviour and behaviour at later ages in relation to cracking. Various types of cracking is identified and complete coverage of mechanisms of cracking and avoidance of cracking through good practise, is interspersed with case studies.


Concrete Institute of Australia




Lecture Notes - Hard Copy

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  • Contributors: Peter Dux, Vinh Dao
Many problems and much litigation derive from early age cracking of concrete.  Immediate performance and future performance are often determined by what happens in the first hours after concrete is delivered to site.  

In the past there has been a tendency for poor outcomes to be blamed on the contractor or the supplier but increasingly this focus includes the engineer.  It is therefore important that what constitutes good practice and why are understood across the industry.

This National Seminar on young concrete – its properties, its behaviour and the pitfalls – aims at increasing the understanding of the underlying reasons for cracking from its various causes.  

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