Development of a Field Exposure Site for Predicting and Mitigating ASR Damage

Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is an expansive reaction between the alkalis in the cement and reactive silica in the aggregates. Arkansas is currently witnessing the detrimental effects of ASR at various locations in Arkansas. A petrographic analysis of samples from select locations has confirmed that ASR is present in these areas. Therefore, prevention and mitigation measures must be developed. There has been a significant amount of research conducted using accelerated mortar bar tests (ASTM C1260 and AASHTO T303) and concrete prism tests (ASTM C1293) to determine if specific concrete mixtures show potential for alkali-silica reactivity. The ASTM C1293 test is the preferred method of assessment in laboratories because it best represents field conditions. More recently, however, outdoor field exposure sites have become popular methods of predicting ASR damage. These sites represent field conditions much better than ASTM C1293 and thus become better predictors for finding reactive aggregates.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A subcontract for this project has been signed with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

    System Information and Research Division, P.O. Box 2261
    Little Rock, AR  United States  72203
  • Project Managers:

    Tamayo, Sarah

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Arkansas, Little Rock

    33rd and University Street
    Little Rock, AR  United States  72204

    University of Arkansas

    Department of Civil Engineering
    4190 Bell Engineering
    Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701
  • Principal Investigators:

    Akhnoukh, Amin

    Hale, W. Micah

  • Start Date: 20130701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37422

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01542984
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
  • Contract Numbers: TRC-1401
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2014 1:41AM