Author

Basnet

Date of Award

12-2005

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Sherif A. Yehia

Second Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Third Advisor

Dr. Ahmad Jrade

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The concept of Self-Consolidating Concrete is a fresh and rapidly ramping technology in USA, but in some other continents such as Japan and Europe it is in fully fledged stage. The development of this technology has a high potential to economize construction minimizing labor, scheduled time and equipment eliminating consolidation process. In USA, construction professionals are reluctant to its in-effect application because of lack of deliberate and methodological steps for production and applications. The lack of study of its durability characteristics and confusion in design and production process are seems to be vital factors hindering full scale production and application of SCC in USA.

After the literature review and development of a number of SCC mixes in the lab optimization phases, a general procedural model layout for design and optimization of SCC was developed. The final developed SCC was selected among the various SCC mixes based on the developed design and optimization model layout and proposed for the full scale commercial production.

The results obtained from the evaluation of mechanical properties showed that the developed SCC has comparatively better durability characteristics than the conventional concrete. The Cost analysis phase has concluded that the commercial production of SCC is feasible and cost effective in comparison to that of conventional concrete.

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