THE CHEMICAL, PHYSICAL, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF SCC,
A WIDE RESEARCH PROGRAMME IN PROGRESS IN ITAL
29th Our World in Concrete and Structures (OWICs) - 2004
Franco Mola*, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
self compacting concrete, creep, shrinkage, bond, mineral additions, durability
Self Compacting Concrete (SCC) is a quite recent material exhibiting interesting prerequisites intended to generate a deep impact on concrete technology and on concrete industry. The main character of SCC, consisting in the elimination of the vibration process when pouring into formworks, allows to avoid the uncertainties connected to the vibration and to eliminate the related noise significantly improving the working conditions especially in the precasting industry. At present time no specifications regarding the use of SCC are present in the Italian Building Code, so a detailed Research Programme has been carried out in order to investigate about the
chemical-physical-mechanical properties of SCC and its structural implications. The programme, lasting two years, is supported by the Italian Ministry for the University and Research and by private industries. Six Research Units, addressed in the Universities of Bologna, Firenze, Milano, Torino and Venezia are involved in the project which is chaired by the author. The main aspects of the Research Programme and the first results achieved by the Research Units are discussed in the present paper.