Evaluation of Alkali-Silica Reaction Potential of Aggregate Using Dilatometer Method Conference Paper uri icon


  • Existing test methodology for alkali silica reactivity (ASR) are applicable to only a narrow band of accelerated conditions and doubts remain whether these methods have any relevance to concrete performance under field conditions. Aggregate reactivity is a key factor in predicting the concrete ASR and is a function of alkalinity, temperature, size and crystallinity. Recently developed at the Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, a testing apparatus called a dilatometer has been used to measure aggregate ASR expansion and introducing activation energy as a single parameter to represent aggregate ASR reactivity. The expansion-time characteristics as a function of temperature can be expressed by the term activation energy (Ea). The rationality of the dilatometer test procedure is explored by conducting comprehensive laboratory experiments related to the effects of test solution (NaOH) alkalinity, temperature and Ca 2+ contents on E a . Dilatometer measures the volumetric expansion due to ASR and accounts the direct measurement of expansion produced by the reaction products. Based on the test results, it is observed that this test method will be useful to evaluate ASR potential of aggregates based on their E a within a very short period of time (e.g., within 3 days). The dependency of Ea on alkalinity, Ca 2+ content and aggregate size provides a means to evaluate ASR potential of concrete relative to levels of alkali and temperature that occur under field conditions.

name of conference

  • Airfield and Highway Pavement

published proceedings

  • Airfield and Highway Pavement

author list (cited authors)

  • Shon, C., Mukhopadhyay, A. K., & Zollinger, D. G.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Shon, Chang-Seon||Mukhopadhyay, Anal K||Zollinger, Dan G

publication date

  • January 2006