The drying process of concrete: A neutron radiography study

  • De Beer F
  • Strydom W
  • Griesel E
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The natural drying process of concrete, which has a significant effect on its characteristics, for example durability, was studied at the neutron radiography facility at SAFARI-1 nuclear research reactor, operated by Necsa. Monitoring of the movement of the water in concrete samples, which were wet cured for one day and covered on all the sides but one, was done by means of a CCD camera system. In this paper the methodology in observing the drying process will be described together with results obtained from this investigation. The measured water content and porosity results were quantified and compared reasonably well with conventional gravimetrical measurements. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Concrete
  • Dehydration
  • Neutron radiography
  • Porosity
  • SAFARI-1

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