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Over recent years some significant work has gone into improving grouting specifications around the world. Of particular concern is that historically there have been limits set for the Sulphate and Sulphide Ion content in some countries (in EN and ISO) but not in others. Further, high sulphate levels in grout have been identified as a contributing factor in premature corrosion observed on several post-tensioned bridges in the United States. After considerable searching there appears to be no available published relevant research to support current limits. Further there is increased pressure to use slag cements, for reasons of sustainability, which cannot pass the current limitations. There is clear justification to form a scientific research basis for any limits both in grout and in concrete for pretensioned prestressed applications.
fib can collect the current State-of-the-Art of such limits and any background research. It is also proposed to initiate an appropriate research project. This will inform either a Technical Report or Research Papers for publication, as well as informing possible revisions of National and International standards.
CreatedThursday, 29 June 2017
Group adminAndrade, Carmen