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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 4282181, 8 pages
Research Article

Degradation of Roller-Compacted Concrete Subjected to Freeze-Thaw Cycles and Immersion in Potassium Acetate Solution

Department of Civil and Engineering, School of Transportation Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Wuman Zhang; nc.ude.aaub@gnahzmw

Received 25 February 2018; Revised 19 March 2018; Accepted 2 April 2018; Published 15 April 2018

Academic Editor: Nadezda Stevulova

Copyright © 2018 Wuman Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Two sets of roller-compacted concrete (RCC) samples cured for 28 days were subjected to freeze-thaw (F-T) cycles and immersion in laboratory conditions. F-T cycles in water and water-potassium acetate solution (50% by weight) were carried out and followed by the flexural impact test. The weight loss, the dynamic elastic modulus (), the mechanical properties, and the residual strain of RCC were measured. The impact energy was calculated based on the final number of the impact test. The results show that the effect of F-T cycles in KAc solution on the weight loss and of RCC is slight. , the compressive strength, and the flexural strength of RCC with 250 F-T cycles in KAc solution decrease by 3.8%, 23%, and 36%, respectively. The content (by weight) of K+ at the same depth of RCC specimens increases with the increase of F-T cycles. The impact energy of RCC specimens subjected to 250 F-T cycles in KAc solution decreases by nearly 30%. Microcracks occur and increase with the increase of F-T cycles in KAc solution. The compressive strength of RCC immersed in KAc solution decreases by 18.8% and 32.8% after 6 and 12 months. More attention should be paid to using KAc in practical engineering because both the freeze-thaw cycles and the complete immersion in KAc solution damage the mechanical properties of RCC.