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Sensors 2017, 17(3), 522; doi:10.3390/s17030522

New System of Shrinkage Measurement through Cement Mortars Drying

Sensors and Actuators Group, Department of Building Technology, Madrid Technical University, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Architectural Construction and Control Department, Madrid Technical University, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz
Received: 18 January 2017 / Revised: 1 March 2017 / Accepted: 2 March 2017 / Published: 6 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2016)
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Cement mortar is used as a conglomerate in the majority of construction work. There are multiple variants of cement according to the type of aggregate used in its fabrication. One of the major problems that occurs while working with this type of material is the excessive loss of moisture during cement hydration (setting and hardening), known as shrinkage, which provokes a great number of construction pathologies that are difficult to repair. In this way, the design of a new sensor able to measure the moisture loss of mortars at different age levels is useful to establish long-term predictions concerning mortar mass volume loss. The purpose of this research is the design and fabrication of a new capacitive sensor able to measure the moisture of mortars and to relate it with the shrinkage. View Full-Text
Keywords: capacitive sensor; moisture; shrinkage; cement mortar; recycled aggregate capacitive sensor; moisture; shrinkage; cement mortar; recycled aggregate

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Morón, C.; Saiz, P.; Ferrández, D.; García-Fuentevilla, L. New System of Shrinkage Measurement through Cement Mortars Drying. Sensors 2017, 17, 522.

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