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See detailEffects of the presence of free lime nodules into concrete: experimentation and modelling
Courard, Luc ULg; Degée, Hervé ULg; Darimont, Anne ULg

in Cement and Concrete Research (in press)

When nodules of lime are embedded into concrete, the expansion accompanying the transformation of CaO into Ca(OH)2 induces stresses and strains in both the lime nodule and in the concrete matrix. The ... [more ▼]

When nodules of lime are embedded into concrete, the expansion accompanying the transformation of CaO into Ca(OH)2 induces stresses and strains in both the lime nodule and in the concrete matrix. The concrete cover thickness, the diameter and the shape of the lime nodule as well as the mechanical characteristics of concrete and lime are the key parameters influencing the development of internal pressure and hence controlling the risk of cracking or pop-out. In order to study the effect of lime into cementitious concretes, laboratory investigations and modelling have been performed and show that the minimum cover thickness necessary to avoid the development of the pop-out phenomenon is estimated of the order of half the diameter of the inclusion. This is coming from the observation that expansion happens inside the porosity of the hydrated lime Ca(OH)2: ESEM and DRX analysis confirm the effect of confinement in the development of crystals. [less ▲]

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See detailMatériaux du futur: ressources naturelles ou secondaires?
Courard, Luc ULg

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See detailDurabilité des ciments ternaires à base de laitier vis-à-vis des attaques sulfatiques
Rondeux, Mélanie ULg; Courard, Luc ULg; Michel, Frédéric et al

Scientific conference (2014, July 03)

Depuis plusieurs années, des recherches sont effectuées afin de substituer une partie du clinker, composant principal du ciment Portland, dont la production libère des quantités importantes de CO2, par ... [more ▼]

Depuis plusieurs années, des recherches sont effectuées afin de substituer une partie du clinker, composant principal du ciment Portland, dont la production libère des quantités importantes de CO2, par les laitiers de haut-fourneau, les cendres volantes et/ou les fillers calcaires. Dans le projet CEMCALC I, la possibilité de remplacer une partie de ce clinker par du laitier de haut fourneau et du filler calcaire a été étudiée. Plusieurs compositions de ciment ternaire (clinker, laitier, filler) ont été étudiées, notamment vis-à-vis des attaques sulfatiques à 5°C. Des mesures de module d’élasticité dynamique, de vitesse sonore, ainsi que des analyses DRX et des observations au MEB ont été réalisées. Les ciments montrant la meilleure résistance aux attaques sulfatiques à 5°C sont ceux qui contiennent le plus de laitier. Les phases responsables de la dégradation des éprouvettes sont les croûtes secondaires de gypse, ainsi qu’une solution solide composée d’ettringite et de thaumasite. [less ▲]

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See detailConcrete Surface Engineering for Cultural Heritage
Courard, Luc ULg

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See detailPathologies des bétons: causes et effets
Courard, Luc ULg

in Evaluation des structures en béton (2014, February 20)

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See detailDétermination des propriétés de couches dans le béton à l'aide d'un géoradar commercial à hautes fréquences: approche pic-à-pic et analyse fréquentielle du coefficient de réflexion
Van der Wielen, Audrey ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Courard, Luc ULg

in Annales du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics (2014)

The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient tool for the non-destructive inspection of concrete structures. It is widely used for the detection of rebars or humid zones or for evaluating the ... [more ▼]

The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient tool for the non-destructive inspection of concrete structures. It is widely used for the detection of rebars or humid zones or for evaluating the thickness of elements. But when an element contains a thin layer, the radar waves are submitted to multiple reflections on the interfaces and the layer appears in the radargram as a single reflection, whose detailed analysis can allow determining the thickness and the permittivity of the thin layer. Two approaches were considered in this paper. In the first one, the analysis is based on the peak-to-peak reflection amplitude. The second approach uses a frequency analysis of the reflection coefficient, whose amplitude and phase can then be calculated for several frequencies. With this method, the thickness and permittivity of the layer can in theory be simultaneously determined. Both methods were numerically validated through finite difference simulations and experimentally tested on concrete samples containing an air layer of variable thickness. We showed that the frequency analysis allowed to reach a higher precision in the parameters estimation for a limited additional computing cost. The method efficiency depends on the conditions and is optimal for layers with a high permittivity presenting a large contrast with the matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailLimestone fillers cement-based composites: effects of blast furnace slags on fresh and hardened properties
Courard, Luc ULg; Michel, Frédéric ULg

in Construction and Building Materials (2014), 51

Limestone filler is a raw material that is already used in several applications like paints, bricks, bituminous mixtures…etc. Moreover, and particularly in Belgium, classical additions for concrete like ... [more ▼]

Limestone filler is a raw material that is already used in several applications like paints, bricks, bituminous mixtures…etc. Moreover, and particularly in Belgium, classical additions for concrete like fly ashes and granulated blast furnace slags are becoming rare; there is a need for new additions that could have a positive effect on the properties of the fresh and hardened cementitous composites. Substitution of limestone filler in Portland cement and Granulated blast furnace slag cement has been realized between 15 and 27 % in mass. In addition to the characterization of the powder itself – specific mass, specific surface and laser granulometry – the problem of the water demand has been analysed: it seems that it remains constant with the substitution rate. Electric conductivity has also been performed in order to study the evolution of the “dormant” period. Tests on hardened mortars were performed with regard to mechanical properties and evolution of the porosity. Test results indicate that the porosity seems to be finer in the case of granulated blast furnace slags cements, partially due to a very low diameter of the slags particles. Oxygen permeability doesn’t seem to be influenced by the filler while capillary absorption increases with substitution rate. Finally, carbonation rate, sulphate resistance and chloride penetration show quite interesting behaviours, leading to the conclusion that limestone fillers maybe a good substitution material. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of limestone fillers on surface free energy and electrical conductivity of the interstitial solution of cement mixes
Courard, Luc ULg; Michel, Frédéric ULg; Perkowicz, Sylwia et al

in Cement and Concrete Composites (2014), 45

Most of concrete formulations actually contain mineral additives that are used as an inert filler or supplementary cementitious material (as type II addition). These materials are generally used in order ... [more ▼]

Most of concrete formulations actually contain mineral additives that are used as an inert filler or supplementary cementitious material (as type II addition). These materials are generally used in order to increase concrete performances both in its fresh and hardened states. The mineral additives usually improve the consistency and workability of fresh concrete and reduce the water demand for a required concrete slump because of an additional volume of fines. The way of action depends on the physical and chemical characteristics of fillers. The study of surface free energies and electric conductivities of interstitial solutions of cement mixes modified by blast furnace slags and limestone fillers contributes to a better knowledge of hardening and interaction process. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la durabilité des hydrofuges de surface pour la conservation du patrimoine en béton
Lucquiaud, Vincent ULg; Courard, Luc ULg

Poster (2014)

La protection du patrimoine historique en béton est un challenge pour les années futures. Un traitement hydrofuge retarde l’apparition de pathologies du béton et apporte une protection contre la ... [more ▼]

La protection du patrimoine historique en béton est un challenge pour les années futures. Un traitement hydrofuge retarde l’apparition de pathologies du béton et apporte une protection contre la pénétration de l’eau. Les produits existants - essentiellement du silane et siloxane base - ont été soumis à différents processus de vieillissement, tels que la carbonatation accélérée, des rayons UV, des cycles d'humidification, des chocs thermiques, et des cycles de gel-dégel. Leur efficacité a été évaluée suivant la mesure de l’angle de contact, leur perméabilité à la vapeur d’eau et aux chlorures et leur absorption capillaire. Les résultats de l’étude montre un bon comportement de ces produits aux les principaux vieillissements étudiés. [less ▲]

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See detailDurability of hydrophobic treatments on concrete monuments
Courard, Luc ULg; Lucquiaud, Vincent ULg; Gérard, Olivier et al

in Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Water Repellent Treatment and Protective Surface Technology for Building Materials (2014)

The protection of concrete historical structures is a challenge for the coming years. Hydrophobic treatment may induce a delay in degradations progress as well as a protection against water penetration ... [more ▼]

The protection of concrete historical structures is a challenge for the coming years. Hydrophobic treatment may induce a delay in degradations progress as well as a protection against water penetration. Existing products - mainly silane and siloxane based – have been submitted to different ageing processes including UV radiation, moistening cycles, thermal shocks, freeze-thaw cycles, carbonation and efficiency has been evaluated on the base of contact angle, vapour and chloride permeability and, capillarity absorption. Investigation results clearly show a good behaviour of hydrophobic treatments under main ageing conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailConcrete repair bond: evaluation and factors of influence
Bissonnette, Benoît; Courard, Luc ULg; Garbacz, Andrzej et al

in Grantham, Michael (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Concrete Repair (2014)

Repair and strengthening of existing concrete structures are among the biggest challenges civil engineers are facing today and will have to face in the years to come. Present concerns of sustainable ... [more ▼]

Repair and strengthening of existing concrete structures are among the biggest challenges civil engineers are facing today and will have to face in the years to come. Present concerns of sustainable development emphasizing repair instead of new construction will only strengthen this trend. Concerted efforts towards improving the durability of concrete repairs are still needed from scientists and engineers. One of the critical aspects of durability of concrete repairs and overlays is lasting and sufficient interfacial bond between repair material and existing concrete substrate. This paper summarizes some of the findings of a collaborative study devoted to the most significant factors influencing bond in repairs (roughness, degree of saturation and carbonation of the substrate) and its field evaluation (type of loading, device misalignment). Based on the test results collected in different test programs, guideline-type recommendations for surface preparation prior to repair were issued. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the mechanical integrity of a concrete surface by means of combined destructive methods
Courard, Luc ULg; Bissonnette, Benoît; Garbacz, Andrzej et al

in Grantham, Michael (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Concrete Repair (2014)

As a tight bond between the repair and the old concrete is required, the soundness of the prepared surface has to be carefully assessed. This paper presents the results of an investigation intended to ... [more ▼]

As a tight bond between the repair and the old concrete is required, the soundness of the prepared surface has to be carefully assessed. This paper presents the results of an investigation intended to assess and compare quantitatively different test methods, namely the Schmidt rebound hammer, the pull-out test and the pull-off test, to evaluate superficial mechanical integrity of a substrate after concrete removal operations. Although it does not yield a precise evaluation of compressive strength, the Schmidt rebound hammer test is recognized as a useful tool for performing quick surveys to assess concrete uniformity. The pull-off test is very well correlated with the splitting-tensile test, but it is not suited for vertical and overhead surfaces. The Capo pull-out test has limited interest for surface preparation, as it is applicable to flat surfaces only. Conversely, the accelerated pull-out test showed interesting potential as a simple and relatively rapid means for assessing the mechanical integrity of a concrete surface prior to repair for any type of concrete surface. It appears from the results generated in this study that the combination Schmidt hammer / pull-off test could fill the needs for the evaluation of horizontal surfaces after concrete removal, while the combination Schmidt hammer / accelerated pull-out test could be used effectively on vertical and overhead surfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailPatch repair: compatibility issues
Garbacz, Andrzej; Courard, Luc ULg; Bissonnette, Benoît et al

in Grantham, Michael (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Concrete Repair (2014)

Repair of any concrete structure results in formation of complex, at least two-component repair systems. Compatibility approach is treated as a basic requirement during selection of repair material ... [more ▼]

Repair of any concrete structure results in formation of complex, at least two-component repair systems. Compatibility approach is treated as a basic requirement during selection of repair material. Recently, the understanding for compatibility requirements in repair systems approach is demonstrated in many papers. The aim of this paper is analyzing the compatibility between repair materials and concrete substrate in the case of patch repair. The compatibility issues were discussed in light of the various requirements which determine the mathematical space of loads, including chemical, mechanical and other physical (mainly thermal) loads. N-dimensional compatibility space is created, taking into account selected patch material control parameters. The requirements for good compatibility between repair material and concrete substrate can be formulated by using mathematical inequalities, where the variables are the material control parameters. The effects of properties of the both repair material and concrete substrate were analyzed using computer system ANCOMP developed at Warsaw University of Technology. Usability of this approach was demonstrated using selected case study as an example. [less ▲]

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See detailArgile, miscanthus et autres matériaux bio-sourcés
Grigoletto, Sophie ULg; Courard, Luc ULg

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See detailDetection of near-field, low permittivity layers with Ground Penetrating Radar: analytical estimation of the reflection coefficient
Van der Wielen, Audrey; Courard, Luc ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

in LAMBOT, Sébastien (Ed.) Proceedings of 15th International Conference on ground Penetrating Radar (2014)

The reflection coefficient of GPR waves encountering embedded thin layers is commonly estimated using a plane wave, far field approximation. But when the thin layer is situated in the near field of the ... [more ▼]

The reflection coefficient of GPR waves encountering embedded thin layers is commonly estimated using a plane wave, far field approximation. But when the thin layer is situated in the near field of the antenna, the spherical nature of the waves and the possible propagation of a lateral wave into the layer may have a strong influence on the measured reflected amplitude. In this work, we studied through 2D FDTD simulations the behavior of a radar wave interacting with thin layers of different thicknesses. The snapshots and radargrams showed a large influence of the layer thickness on the wave propagation. For the very thin layers, the evanescent wave plays a major role and the plane wave approximation gives a good estimation of the reflection coefficient. For thicker layers, the specific inclination of each multiple reflection has to be taken into account, as well as the lateral wave propagation. On the basis of these observations, we determined which analytical method should be used for the analytical prediction of the reflection coefficient, as a function of the layer thickness. [less ▲]

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See detailDétermination des propriétés de couches minces dans le béton à l’aide d’un géoradar commercial à hautes fréquences: approche pic-à-pic et analyse fréquentielle du coefficient de réflexion
Van der Wielen, Audrey; Courard, Luc ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

in Balayssac, Jean-Paul (Ed.) Compte-rendus de Diagnobeton 2014 (2014)

The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient tool for the non-destructive inspection of concrete structures. It is widely used for the detection of rebars or humid zones or for evaluating the ... [more ▼]

The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is an efficient tool for the non-destructive inspection of concrete structures. It is widely used for the detection of rebars or humid zones or for evaluating the thickness of elements. But when an element contains a thin layer, the radar waves are submitted to multiple reflections on the interfaces and the layer appears in the radargram as a single reflection, whose detailed analysis can allow determining the thickness and the permittivity of the thin layer. Two approaches were considered in this paper. In the first one, the analysis is based on the peak-to-peak reflection amplitude. The second approach uses a frequency analysis of the reflection coefficient, whose amplitude and phase can then be calculated for several frequencies. With this method, the thickness and permittivity of the layer can in theory be simultaneously determined. Both methods were numerically validated through finite difference simulations and experimentally tested on concrete samples containing an air layer of variable thickness. We showed that the frequency analysis allowed to reach a higher precision in the parameters estimation for a limited additional computing cost. The method efficiency depends on the conditions and is optimal for layers with a high permittivity presenting a large contrast with the matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of misalignment on pull-off test results: numerical and experimental assessments
Courard, Luc ULg; Bissonnette, Benoît; Garbacz, Andrzej et al

in ACI Materials Journal (2014), 111(2), 153-162

The successful application of a concrete repair system is often evaluated through pull-off testing. For such in-situ quality control (QC) testing, the inherent risk of misalignment might affect the ... [more ▼]

The successful application of a concrete repair system is often evaluated through pull-off testing. For such in-situ quality control (QC) testing, the inherent risk of misalignment might affect the recorded value and eventually make a difference in the acceptance of the work. So far, the issue of eccentricity in pull-off testing has been ignored in field practice, because it is seen as an academic issue. This paper presents the results of a project intended to quantify the effect of misalignment on pull-off tensile strength evaluation and provide a basis for improving QC specifications if necessary. The test program consisted first in an analytical evaluation of the problem through 2-D FEM simulations and, in a second phase, in laboratory experiments in which the test variables were the misalignment angle (0°, 2° and 4°) and the coring depth (15 mm [1.18 in.], 30 mm [2.36 in.]). It was found that calculations provide a conservative but realistic lower bound limit for evaluation the influence of misalignment upon pull-off test results: a 2° misalignment can be expect to yield a pull-off strength reduction of 7 to 9 % respectively for 15-mm [1.18-in.] and 30-mm [2.36-in.] coring depths, and the corresponding decrease resulting from a 4° misalignment reach between 13 and 16%; From a practical standpoint, the results generated in this study indicate that when specifying a pull-off strength limit in the field, the value should be increased (probable order of magnitude: 15%) to take into account the potential reduction due to testing misalignment. [less ▲]

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See detailNanocomposite fiber reinforced mortars
Coppola, Bartolomeo; Di Maio, Luciano; Courard, Luc ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Conference on Composites/Nano Engineering (2014)

The use of fibers to reinforce a brittle material is an extensively studied application. In the field of cementitious materials a wide range of fibers have been investigated, from natural to synthetic ... [more ▼]

The use of fibers to reinforce a brittle material is an extensively studied application. In the field of cementitious materials a wide range of fibers have been investigated, from natural to synthetic fiber (wood, cellulose, carbon, glass, polypropylene) in order to achieve several purposes. Nowadays there is a continuing effort to take advantage of recent advances in nanotechnology, in the polymer and fiber industry. Nanoclays are some of the most affordable materials that have shown promising results in nanocomposite polymers. They are characterized by a “platelet” structure with average dimension of 1 nm thick and 70 to 150 nm wide. This work is aimed at studying the different behavior of fiber reinforced mortars, containing nanocomposite polymeric fibers. [less ▲]

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See detailParticle size distribution of limestone fillers: granulometry and specific surface area investigations
Courard, Luc ULg; Michel, Frédéric ULg

in Particulate Science and Technology (2014), 32(4),

Mineral fillers can be defined as “inert materials included in a mix design for some useful purpose”. They can be added to compounds in order to complete a large variety of final properties without ... [more ▼]

Mineral fillers can be defined as “inert materials included in a mix design for some useful purpose”. They can be added to compounds in order to complete a large variety of final properties without increasing costs or to improve specific characteristics like hardness, brittleness, impact strength, compressive strength, softening point, fire resistance, surface texture, electrical conductivity, …etc. In Belgium, locally available limestone fillers are specifically very well-adapted for the optimisation of particle packing and flow behaviour of cementitious pastes in concrete mixes. Limestone fillers may be easily characterized in terms of chemical and mineralogical properties. These properties are fundamental for the study of the behaviour of concrete mixes in fresh state and for understanding interactions existing at the level of the Interfacial Transition Zone between aggregates and cement paste. These properties are however insufficiently discriminant and particle size, as well as shape distribution, seem to have a potential influence on physical phenomena which happen during the setting process. The aim of this paper is to compare five major techniques used to quantify the size and the shape of limestone fillers particles: laser diffraction scattering, wet sieving and image analysis for particle size measurement and BET adsorption and Blaine permeability methods for specific surface area. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-to-Surface properties affecting bond strength in concrete repair
Courard, Luc ULg; Piotrowski, Tomasz; Garbacz, Andrzej

in Cement and Concrete Composites (2014), 46

One of the main processes for repairing concrete structures is patch repair. Efficiency and durability of a repaired system depends on the bond between concrete substrate and repair material. By ... [more ▼]

One of the main processes for repairing concrete structures is patch repair. Efficiency and durability of a repaired system depends on the bond between concrete substrate and repair material. By increasing the surface roughness, the surface treatment of concrete substrate can promote mechanical interlocking that is one of the basic mechanisms of adhesion. Nevertheless, some problems may arise from “co-lateral” effects of the treatment, especially due to the development of microcracks inside the substrate. In the presented paper, the effect of concrete substrate surface preparation has been characterized by roughness measurement, description of microcracking in the near-to-surface layer and a pull-off cohesion test. After repair, pull-off bond strength has been evaluated. It is concluded that selection of a suitable surface treatment technique should be preceded by the analysis of its aggressiveness in relation to the concrete substrate strength. A procedure for bond strength estimation using multiple regression approach, based on parameters describing surface quality really generated from various roughening techniques, is then proposed. [less ▲]

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