The ease of use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC) is a function of the properties of the concrete as a fluid. In order to understand how to apply the material and what it can and cannot do an understanding of the basics of fluid mechanics is required. The presentation will look at the use of SCC in architectural, structural and horizontal slabs from the specifier, contractor and installer viewpoints. Practical examples will be combined with theoretical developments to show the theory and its applications.
The benefits and consequences of using the high fines and the molecular entanglement methods of mixture design will be detailed. The use of ASTM tests to quantify the properties of the concrete will be combined with specification examples to provide clear actions to be taken to successfully implement SCC in design and construction.