Modeling of restrained shrinkage cracking in concrete materials

S. A. Mane, T. K. Desai, D. Kingsbury, Barzin Mobasher

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


An experimental study was conducted to evaluate the restrained shrinkage cracking in plain and fiber reinforced concrete. The experiment utilizes a constant humidity chamber holding the restrained shrinkage specimens. The chamber is subjected to constant flow of air around the specimens. The strain in the restraining steel and the crack width in the concrete samples were monitored continuously. The experimentally obtained results are affected by geometry of the specimen, the humidity and shrinkage conditions, and the restraint offered by stiffness of the steel ring. In addition, concrete properties such as the stiffness, shrinkage and creep affect the response. In order to better understand the restrained shrinkage of concrete under the proposed test method and eliminate the influence of test conditions, an analytical approach was developed. The model incorporates key influential parameters of shrinkage, creep, aging, and microcracking, in the stress analysis of a restrained concrete section. The theoretical model was used to calibrate and interpret the experimental test results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConcrete
Subtitle of host publicationMaterial Science to Application - A Tribute to Surendra P. Shah
PublisherAmerican Concrete Institute
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780870310751
StatePublished - Apr 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0193-2527


  • Cementitious composites
  • Cracking
  • Creep
  • Fibers
  • Restrained shrinkage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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