Effect of Super absorbent polymer on workability, strength and durability of Self consolidating concrete

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Civil Engineering, NIT Raipur, CG, India


This study presents the effect of super absorbent polymer (SAP) as internal curing agent on workability, durability and compressive strength of self-consolidating concrete (SCC). In order to estimate the internal curing efficiency of SAP in different curing conditions and curing ages, compressive strength and electrical resistivity tests have been performed. Homogenous and denser microstructure was formed by gradual release of water from SAP into pores created by SAP. Further pozzolanic reaction of fly ash has enhanced the strength and durability properties. High desorption rate of water from SAP in air curing condition resulted in an increased electrical resistivity and compressive strength. Compressive strength of internal cured SCC mixtures increased to 15-25% at 7 days and 10-19% at 28 days. Electrical resistivity values were increased 11-30% in water curing condition and 16-53% in air curing condition. The costs for 0.35w/b and 0.40 w/b at optimum internal cured SCC mixtures compared to control SCC mixtures were reduced to 9.39 and 9.70%, respectively.


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