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Structural Concrete, Vol. 6, no. 2, June 2005

Prediction of the bond capacity of bars cast under drilling fluids

A. Jones, Arup Research and Development, London, UK

This paper discusses the influence that two types of drilling fluid, bentonite and a polymer, have on the bond capacity of reinforcement bars that are cast in concrete placed under them. Test results from both laboratory specimens and site tests are discussed and the results compared to capacities predicted by various codes. It is shown that Eurocode 2 predicts the bond capacity of bars in concrete cast under bentonite well, providing the assumption of poor bond conditions is made. The results for bars in concrete cast under polymers are less clear and there appear to be significant differences between the performance on site and that in the laboratory. 

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