Alkali-silica Reaction in Finnish Concrete Structures

Jukka Lahdensivu DSc. 1 , Pirkko Kekäläinen MSc. 2  and Alina Lahdensivu 3
  • 1 , 33100, Tampere, Finland
  • 2 Tampere University of Technology, , 33720, Tampere, Finland
  • 3 Tampereen Klassillinen Lukio Tuomiokirkonkatu , , 33100, Tampere, Finland


Even though natural phenomena do not abide to borders, Finland has traditionally been considered an alkali-silica reaction (ASR) free country. This is due to exceptional quality of the mostly course crystalline igneous rocks. However, during the last few years dozens of cases of ASR have been reported. The scope of this study was to study the occurrence of ASR, and to find out the initiation time of the reaction in resent investigations of Finnish concrete structures. ASR is found occurring all over Finland. The reacting aggregates consist of rock types, which are considered relatively stable or low reacting in literature.

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