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Alkali–silica reaction
The alkali–silica reaction (ASR), more commonly known as
"concrete cancer", is a swelling reaction that occurs over time in
concrete between the highly alkaline cement paste and the reactive
non-crystalline (amorphous) silica found in many common
aggregates, given sufficient moisture.

This reaction causes the expansion of the altered aggregate by the


formation of a soluble and viscous gel of sodium silicate (Na2SiO3 · n
H2O, also noted Na2H2SiO4 · n H2O, or N-S-H (sodium silicate
hydrate), depending the adopted convention). This hygroscopic gel
swells and increases in volume when absorbing water: it exerts an
expansive pressure inside the siliceous aggregate, causing spalling Characteristic crack pattern associated with
and loss of strength of the concrete, finally leading to its failure. the alkali–silica reaction affecting a concrete
step barrier on a US motorway[1][2]
ASR can lead to serious cracking in concrete, resulting in critical
structural problems that can even force the demolition of a particular
structure.[3][4] The expansion of concrete through reaction between cement and aggregates was first studied by Thomas E.
Stanton in California during the 1930s with his founding publication in 1940.[5]

Contents
Chemistry
Catalysis of ASR by NaOH or KOH
Analogy with the soda lime carbonation
Mechanism of concrete deterioration
Structural effects of ASR
Mitigation
Treatment
ASR test
Known affected structures
Australia
Belgium
Canada
France
Germany
New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States
See also
External links
References

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Chemistry
The reaction can be compared to the pozzolanic reaction which would be
catalysed by the undesirable presence of too high concentrations of alkali
hydroxides (NaOH and KOH) in the concrete. It is a mineral acid-base reaction
between NaOH or KOH, calcium hydroxide, also known as Portlandite, or
(Ca(OH)2), and silicic acid (H4SiO4, or Si(OH)4). When complete and to
simplify, this reaction can be schematically represented as following:

Ca(OH)2 + H4SiO4 → Ca2+ + H2SiO42− + 2 H2O → Typical crack pattern of the alkali-
CaH2SiO4 · 2 H2O silica reaction (ASR). The gel
exudations through the concrete
cracks have a characteristic yellow
Catalysis of ASR by NaOH or KOH color and a high pH.

However, the ASR reaction significantly differs from the pozzolanic reaction by
the fact that it is catalysed by soluble alkali hydroxides (NaOH / KOH) at very
high pH. It can be represented as follows using the classical geochemical notation for fully hydrated dissolved silica
(Si(OH)4 or silicic acid: H4SiO4), but an older industrial notation also exists (H2SiO3, hemihydrated silica (does not exist),
by analogy with carbonic acid):

2 Na(OH) + H4SiO4 → Na2H2SiO4 · 2 H2O

Na2H2SiO4 · 2 H2O + Ca(OH)2 → CaH2SiO4 · 2 H2O + 2 NaOH

The sum, or the combination, of the two above mentioned reactions gives a general reaction resembling the pozzolanic
reaction, but it is important to keep in mind that this reaction is catalysed by the undesirable presence in cement, or other
concrete components, of soluble alkaline hydroxydes (NaOH / KOH) responsible for the dissolution of the silicic acid at
high pH:

Ca(OH)2 + H4SiO4 → CaH2SiO4 · 2 H2O

Without the presence of NaOH or KOH responsible for a high pH (~13.5), the amorphous silica would not be dissolved
and the reaction would not evolve. Moreover, the soluble sodium or potassium silicate is very hygroscopic and swells when
it absorbs water. When the sodium silicate gel forms and swells inside a porous siliceous aggregate, it first expands and
occupies the free porosity. When this latter is completely filled, if the soluble but very viscous gel cannot be easily expelled
from the silica network, the hydraulic pressure raises inside the attacked aggregate and leads to its fracture. It is the
hydro-mechanical expansion of the damaged siliceous aggregate surrounded by calcium-rich hardened cement paste
which is responsible for the development of a network of cracks in concrete. When the sodium silicate expelled from the
aggregate encounters grains of portlandite present in the hardened cement paste, an exchange between sodium and
calcium cations occurs and hydrated calcium silicate (C-S-H) precipitates with a concomitant release of NaOH. In its turn,
the regenerated NaOH can react with the amorphous silica aggregate leading to an increased production of soluble sodium
silicate. When a continuous rim of C-S-H completely envelops the external surface of the attacked siliceous aggregate, it
behaves as a semi-permeable barrier and hinders the expulsion of the viscous sodium silicate while allowing the NaOH /
KOH to diffuse from the hardened cement paste inside the aggregate. This selective barrier of C-S-H contributes to
increase the hydraulic pressure inside the aggregate and aggravates the cracking process. It is the expansion of the
aggregates which damages concrete in the alkali-silica reaction.

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Portlandite (Ca(OH)2) represents the reserve of OH– anions in the solid phase. As long as portlandite, or the siliceous
aggregates, has not become completely exhausted, the ASR reaction will continue. The alkali hydroxides are continuously
regenerated by the reaction of the sodium silicate with portlandite and thus represent the transmission belt of the ASR
reaction driving it to completeness. It is thus impossible to interrupt the ASR reaction. The only way to avoid ASR in the
presence of siliceous aggregates and water is to maintain the concentration of soluble alkali (NaOH and KOH) at the
lowest possible level in concrete, so that the catalysis mechanism becomes negligible.

Analogy with the soda lime carbonation


The alkali-silica reaction mechanism catalysed by a soluble strong base as NaOH or KOH in the presence of Ca(OH)2
(alkalinity buffer present in the solid phase) can be compared with the carbonation process of soda lime. The silicic acid
(H2SiO3 or SiO2) is simply replaced in the reaction by the carbonic acid (H2CO3 or CO2).

(1) CO2 + 2 NaOH → Na2CO3 + H2O (CO2 trapping by soluble NaOH)


(2) Na2CO3 + Ca(OH)2 → CaCO3 + 2 NaOH (regeneration of NaOH)
sum (1+2) CO2 + Ca(OH)2 → CaCO3 + H2O (global reaction)
In the presence of water or simply ambient moisture, the strong bases, NaOH or KOH, readily dissolve in their hydration
water (hygroscopic substances, deliquescence phenomenon) and this greatly facilitates the catalysis process because the
reaction in aqueous solution occurs much faster than in the dry solid phase. The moist NaOH impregnates the surface and
the porosity of calcium hydroxide grains with a high specific surface area. Soda lime is commonly used in closed-circuit
diving rebreathers and in anesthesia systems.

Mechanism of concrete deterioration


The mechanism of ASR causing the deterioration of concrete can thus be described in four steps as follows:

1. The very basic solution (NaOH / KOH) attacks the siliceous aggregates (silicic acid dissolution at high pH), converting
the poorly crystallised or amorphous silica to a soluble but very viscous alkali silicate gel (N-S-H, K-S-H).
2. The consumption of NaOH / KOH by the dissolution reaction of amorphous silica decreases the pH of the pore water
of the hardened cement paste. This allows the dissolution of Ca(OH)2 (portandite) and increases the concentration of
Ca2+ ions into the cement pore water. Calcium ions then react with the soluble sodium silicate gel to convert it into
solid calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H). The C-S-H forms a continuous poorly permeable coating at the external
surface of the aggregate.
3. The penetrated alkaline solution (NaOH / KOH) converts the remaining siliceous minerals into bulky soluble alkali
silicate gel. The resulting expansive pressure increases in the core of the aggregate.
4. The accumulated pressure cracks the aggregate and the surrounding cement paste when the pressure exceeds the
tolerance of the aggregate.[6]

Structural effects of ASR


The cracking caused by ASR can have several negative impacts on concrete, including:[7]

1. Expansion: The swelling nature of ASR gel increases the chance of expansion in concrete elements.
2. Compressive Strength: The effect of ASR on compressive strength can be minor for low expansion levels, to relatively
higher degrees at larger expansion. (Swamy R.N 1986) points out that the compressive strength is not very accurate
parameter to study the severity of ASR; however, the test is done because of its simplicity.
3. Tensile Strength / Flexural Capacity: Researches show that ASR cracking can significantly reduce the tensile strength
of concrete; therefore reducing the flexural capacity of beams. Some research on bridge structures indicate about
85% loss of capacity as a result of ASR.
4. Modulus of Elasticity/UPV: The effect of ASR on elastic properties of concrete and ultrasound pulse velocity (UPV) is
very similar to tensile capacity. The modulus of elasticity is shown to be more sensitive to ASR than pulse velocity.

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5. Fatigue: ASR reduces the load bearing capacity and the fatigue life of concrete (Ahmed T 2000).
6. Shear: ASR enhances the shear capacity of reinforced concrete with and without shear reinforcement (Ahmed T
2000).

Mitigation
ASR can be mitigated in new concrete by several complementary approaches:

1. Limit the alkali metal content of the cement. Many standards impose limits on the "Equivalent Na2O" content of
cement.
2. Limit the reactive silica content of the aggregate. Certain volcanic rocks are particularly susceptible to ASR because
they contain volcanic glass (obsidian) and should not be used as aggregate. The use of calcium carbonate
aggregates is sometimes envisaged as an ultimate solution to avoid any problem. However, while it may be
considered as a necessary condition, it is not a sufficient one. In principle, limestone (CaCO3) is not expected to
contain a high level of silica, but it actually depends on its purity. Indeed, some siliceous limestones (a.o., Kieselkalk
found in Switzerland)[8] may be cemented by amorphous or poorly crystalline silica and can be very sensitive to the
ASR reaction, as also observed with some Tournaisian siliceous limestones exploited in quarries in the area of
Tournai in Belgium.[9] In Canada, the Spratt siliceous limestone is also particularly well known in studies dealing with
ASR and is commonly used as the Canadian ASR reference aggregate. So, the use of limestone as aggregate is not
a guarantee against ASR in itself.
3. Add very fine siliceous materials to neutralize the excessive alkalinity of cement with silicic acid by deliberately
provoking a controlled pozzolanic reaction at the early stage of the cement setting. Convenient pozzolanic materials
to add to the mix may be, e.g., pozzolan, silica fume, fly ash, or metakaolin.[10] These react preferentially with the
cement alkalis without formation of an expansive pressure, because siliceous minerals in fine particles convert to
alkali silicate and then to calcium silicate without formation of semipermeable reaction rims.
4. Another method to reduce the ASR is to limit the external alkalis that come in contact with the system.
In other words, as it is sometimes possible to fight fire with fire, it is also feasible to combat the ASR reaction by itself. A
prompt reaction initiated at the early stage of concrete hardening on very fine silica particles will help to suppress a slow
and delayed reaction with larger siliceous aggregates on the long term. Following the same principle, the fabrication of
low-pH cement also implies the addition of finely divided pozzolanic materials rich in silicic acid to the concrete mix to
decrease its alkalinity. Beside initially lowering the pH value of the concrete pore water, the main working mechanism of
silica fume addition is to consume portlandite (the reservoir of hydroxyde (OH–) in the solid phase) and to decrease the
porosity of the hardened cement paste by the formation of calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H). However, silica fume has to
be very finely dispersed in the concrete mix, because agglomerated flakes of compacted silica fume can themselves also
induce ASR if the dispersion process is insufficient. This can be the case in laboratory studies made on cement pastes
alone in the absence of aggregates. However, most often, in large concrete batches, silica fume is sufficiently dispersed
during mixing operations of fresh concrete by the presence of coarse and fine aggregates.

As part of a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, a variety of methods have been applied to field
structures suffering from ASR-affected expansion and cracking. Some methods, such as the application of silanes, have
shown significant promise, especially when applied to elements such as small columns and highway barriers, whereas
other methods, such as the topical application of lithium compounds, have shown little or no promise in reducing ASR-
induced expansion and cracking.[11]

Treatment
There are no treatments in general in affected structures. Repair in damaged sections is possible, but the reaction will
continue. In some cases, drying of the structure followed by the installation of a watertight membrane can stop the
evolution of the reaction.

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Massive structures such as dams pose particular problems: they cannot be easily replaced, and the swelling can block
spillway gates or turbine operations. Cutting slots across the structure can relieve some pressure, and help restore
geometry and function.

ASR test
Some ASTM Tests that screen aggregate for the potential of ASR include:

ASTM C227: “Test Method for Potential Alkali Reactivity of Cement-Aggregate Combinations (Mortar-Bar Method)”
ASTM C289: "Standard Test Method for Potential Alkali-Silica Reactivity of Aggregates (Chemical Method)"
ASTM C295: “Guide for Petrographic Examination of Aggregate for Concrete”
ASTM C1260: “Test Method for Potential Reactivity of Aggregates (Mortar-Bar-Test)”. It is a rapid test of aggregates:
immersion of mortar bars in NaOH 1 M at 80 °C for 14 days used to quickly identify highly reactive aggregates or
quasi non-reactive aggregates.
ASTM C1293: “Test Method for Concrete Aggregates by Determination of Length Change of Concrete Due to Alkali-
Silica Reaction”. It is a long-term confirmation test (1 or 2 years) at 38 °C in a water-saturated moist atmosphere
(inside a thermostated oven) with concrete prisms containing the aggregates to be characterised mixed with a high-
alkali cement specially selected to induce ASR. The concrete prisms are not directly immersed in an alkaline solution,
but wrapped with moist tissues and tightly packed inside a water-tight plastic foils.
ASTM C1567: "Standard Test Method for Determining the Potential Alkali-Silica Reactivity of Combinations of
Cementitious Materials and Aggregate (Accelerated Mortar-Bar Method)"
The Oberholster method on which the ASTM C1260 test is based.
The Dungan method with superimposed additional thermal cycles.
The concrete microbar test was proposed by Grattan-Bellew et al. (2003) as a universal accelerated test for alkali-
aggregate reaction.[12]

Known affected structures

Australia
Adelaide Festival Centre car park, demolished in 2017[13]
Dee Why ocean pool, Dee Why, Australia.[14]
King St Bridge, demolished and replaced in 2011 (crossing the Patawalonga River, Glenelg North, South
Australia).[15][16]
Manly Surf Pavilion, Manly, Australia (1939–81).[17]
Westpoint Blacktown car park

Belgium
Many bridges and civil engineering works of motorways because the improper use of highly reactive Tournaisian
siliceous limestone during the years 1960 - 1970 when most of the motorways were constructed in Belgium. ASR
damages started to be recognised only in the 1980.[18]
Poorly conditioned radioactive waste from the Doel nuclear power plant: evaporator concentrates and spent ion-
exchange resins (SIER) producing large quantities of sodium silicate gel.[19][20][21][22][23][24]

Canada
Many hydraulic dams are affected by ASR in Canada because of the wide use of reactive aggregates.[25] Indeed,
reactive frost-sensitive chert is very often found in glacio-fluvial environments from which gravels are commonly
extracted in Canada. Another reason is also the presence of reactive silica in Paleozoic limestones like the Spratt
siliceous limestone.

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Many bridges and civil engineering works of motorways.


Building of the National Gallery of Canada at Ottawa.

France
Former Terenez bridge in Brittany, build in 1951 and replaced in 2011.

Germany
East German Deutsche Reichsbahn used numerous concrete ties in the
1970s to replace previous wooden ties. However, as it turned out, the
gravel from the Baltic Sea caused ASR and the ties had to be replaced
earlier than planned, lasting well into the 1990s.
After reunification, many Autobahns in East Germany were refurbished
with concrete that turned out to have been defective and affected by ASR,
necessitating expensive replacement work.

New Zealand
Fairfield Bridge in Hamilton, New Zealand. Repaired in 1991 at a cost of
NZ$1.1 million.[26] Surface of a concrete pillar of the
building of the National Gallery of
Canada at Ottawa presenting the
United Kingdom typical crack pattern of the alkali-
silica reaction (ASR).
Keybridge House,[27] South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, England.
Millennium Stadium North Stand (part of the old National Stadium),[28]
Cardiff, Wales.
Merafield Bridge,[29] A38, England. Demolished via implosion in 2016.[30]
Pebble Mill Studios, Birmingham. Demolished in 2005 [31]
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Wonford. Demolished and replaced in the mid-1990s.[32][33]

United States
Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles. Demolished in 2016.
Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire.
Seminoe Dam in Wyoming.[34]
ASR reference aggregates in the USA:

Coarse aggregates: volcanic rock from New Mexico


Fine aggregates: siliceous sand from Texas

See also
Alkali-carbonate reaction
Carbonatation
Energetically modified cement (EMC)

Soda lime: the mechanism of ASR catalysed by NaOH is analogous to the trapping mechanism of CO2 by Ca(OH)2
impregnated with NaOH

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External links
Understanding cement website treatise on ASR (http://www.understanding-cement.com/alkali-silica.html)
PCA treatise on ASR (http://www.cement.org/for-concrete-books-learning/concrete-technology/durability/alkali-aggreg
ate-reaction)
Concrete Construction Net treatise of ASR (http://www.concreteconstruction.net/concrete-masonry/alkali-silica-reactio
n.aspx)
US Federal Highway Administration treatise on the use of lithium to prevent or mitigate ASR (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/
publications/research/infrastructure/pavements/concrete/06133/002.cfm)
Association of German Cement Works – Alkali-silica reaction - overview (https://www.vdz-online.de/en/services/concr
ete-mortar/alkali-silica-reaction/alkali-silica-reaction-concrete-cancer-overview/)

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