An experimental study on the bond behavior of reinforcing steel bars in thermal insulation concrete (TIC) mixed with glazed hollow beads (GHBs) and exposed to freeze-thaw (F-T) cycles was carried out. In order to investigate the effects of GHBs on freezing and thawing, the experimental results were compared with those of normal concrete (NC). The comparison shows that, after 300 F-T cycles, both bond behavior and mechanical properties of the TIC specimens are better than those of the NC specimens. Furthermore, in order to investigate the mechanism of frost effect on TIC, the CT scanning method was used to investigate the evolution of the inner structure of a TIC specimen exposed to F-T cycles. The CT images show that the deterioration of bond performance and mechanical properties of the TIC specimen appears to be caused by the increase of micropores in the TIC.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)