Evaluation of Self-Consolidating Concrete

Report No: 03-R13

Published in 2003

About the report:

Conventional concrete tends to present a problem with regard to adequate consolidation in thin sections or areas of congested reinforcement, which leads to a large volume of entrapped air voids and compromises the strength and durability of the concrete. Using self-consolidating concrete (SCC) can minimize the problem since it was designed to consolidate under its own mass. This study examined several mixture designs in the laboratory with the goal of creating mixtures with desirable flow characteristics that did not require additional consolidation yet provided adequate compressive strength, low permeability, shrinkage control, and resistance to cycles of freezing and thawing. The results provided a foundation for determining if SCC could be produced on a commercial scale using locally available materials at two concrete plants. SCC from one plant was used in a field application for a small bridge in a residential area. The results showed that with adjustments to the mixture proportions, SCC can be produced successfully and provide many benefits to transportation agencies and the construction industry.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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D. Stephen Lane

Last updated: December 3, 2023

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