Monitoring chemical shrinkage using pressure sensors

Sulapha Peethamparan, Emily Weissinger, Joe Vocaturo, Jie Zhang, George W. Scherer

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This paper discusses the design and development of an automated test device for measuring the chemical shrinkage of hydrating cements. The device uses a very sensitive pressure sensor to determine water level drop in an open capillary tube, from which the volume change due to chemical shrinkage can be calculated continuously. The repeatability of the measurements and the stability of the measuring device have been demonstrated. The comparison of the result produced by the new device with that of a standard ASTM test showed excellent matching. The range of applicability of this device was demonstrated by obtaining shrinkage measurements for different types of cements, such as ordinary portland cement, Class H oil well cement and white portland cements, and for different temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Material Science of Concrete - Session at the ACI Spring 2010 Convention
Number of pages12
Edition270 SP
StatePublished - 2010
EventACI Spring 2010 Convention - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Mar 21 2010Mar 25 2010

Publication series

NameAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
Number270 SP
ISSN (Print)0193-2527


OtherACI Spring 2010 Convention
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Automated chemical shrinkage
  • Class H oil well cement
  • Hydration kinetics
  • Ordinary portland cement
  • Pressure sensors
  • White cement


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