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What is the mechanism of plastic settlement in fresh concrete?

What is the mechanism of plastic settlement in fresh concrete?

Within a few hours after the placing of fresh concrete, plastic concrete may experience cracking owing to the occurrence of plastic shrinkage and plastic settlement. The cause of plastic settlement is related to bleeding of fresh concrete.

Bleeding refers to the migration of water to the top of concrete and the movement of solid particles to the bottom of fresh concrete. The expulsion of water during bleeding results in the reduction of the volume of fresh concrete. This induces a downward movement of wet concrete. If such movement is hindered by the presence of obstacles like steel reinforcement, cracks will be formed.

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This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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Kanwarjot Singh is the founder of Civil Engineering Portal, a leading civil engineering website which has been awarded as the best online publication by CIDC. He did his BE civil from Thapar University, Patiala and has been working on this website with his team of Civil Engineers.

One comment on "What is the mechanism of plastic settlement in fresh concrete?"

Rana Muhammad Saeed says:

What is the allowable limit for settlement of fresh concrete.

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