Experimental Evaluation of Thermal Performance and Durability of Thermally-Enhanced Concretes
AbstractThe thermal performance and durability of the thermally-enhanced concrete with various insulating materials were evaluated through a series of tests. Three types of insulating materials—diatomite powder, hollow micro-spheres, and a micro-foam agent—were used for both normalweight aggregate concrete (NWAC) and lightweight aggregate concrete (LWAC). The thermal conductivity was measured by two different test methods: quick thermal conductivity meter (QTM) and guarded hot wire (GHW) methods. Then, the results were compared with each other. All insulating materials used in this study proved their ability to reduce the thermal conductivity. Additionally, it can be found that the trend of a decrease in air-dry density is similar to that of thermal conductivity of thermally-enhanced concrete. Additional thermal transmission tests with seven large-scale specimens were conducted by using the calibrated hot box (CHB). However, from this tests, it was seen that thermal transmission reduction for tested specimens were not large compared to the thermal conductivity reduction measured by QTM and GHW, due to multiple heat transfer. To examine the durability of thermally-enhanced concretes, accelerated carbonation and freeze-thaw cycle tests were conducted. From the results, it can be found that the thermally-enhanced concrete shows good freeze-thaw resistance. However, the carbonation rates of the concretes increased rapidly and additional methods to improve the carbonation resistance should be considered. View Full-Text
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Jeong, Y.-W.; Koh, T.-H.; Youm, K.-S.; Moon, J. Experimental Evaluation of Thermal Performance and Durability of Thermally-Enhanced Concretes. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 811.
Jeong Y-W, Koh T-H, Youm K-S, Moon J. Experimental Evaluation of Thermal Performance and Durability of Thermally-Enhanced Concretes. Applied Sciences. 2017; 7(8):811.Chicago/Turabian Style
Jeong, Yong-Wook; Koh, Tae-Hoon; Youm, Kwang-Soo; Moon, Jiho. 2017. "Experimental Evaluation of Thermal Performance and Durability of Thermally-Enhanced Concretes." Appl. Sci. 7, no. 8: 811.
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