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Causes And Prevention Of Cracks In Buildings Pdf

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This article throws light upon the twelve major types of cracks in walls. The types are: 1.

Cracks in buildings and building materials normally result from restrained movement.

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Causes and Remedies of Cracks in Concrete Buildings

II Causes for cracks 4 Structural deficiency 4 Shrinkage and temperature effect 7 Cracks due to settlement 9. Many responsible for the knowledge and experience gained during the work course. I would like to express a deep sense of gratitude and indebt ness to Dr K. Prakash and prof. Jagadish Civil Engineering Department, S. College of Engineering, Mysore, for his constant encouragement, guidance and inspiration, which enabled me to complete this seminar work. I would also like to express my gratefulness towards all the faculty members, Department of Civil Engineering, SJCE, Mysore for their timely suggestions.

I am thankful to Dr. Last but not the least, I express my deepest sense of gratitude for the inspiration, enthusiasm and help given by my parents and friends. The crack in concrete is an inherent feature, which cannot be completely prevented but can only be controlled and minimized.

Concrete being a material having very low tensile strength, readily cracks when such tensile stress beyond the tensile strength of concrete occur in structure. An engineer should have a sound knowledge of all the facts of concrete technology i. In short treatment of cracks involves detection, diagnosis and remedy. Cracks also occur due to settlement, temperature, shrinkage effect, poor construction practice etc. In this seminar various causes for the above mentioned cracks is been discussed.

Types of cracks: Cracks may be divided in two categories viz i ii Structural cracks Non structural cracks. Structural cracks endanger the stability of the building and may be difficult to be rectified.

Extensive cracks of foundations walls, beams, columns or slabs etc, are examples of structural cracks. The non-structural cracks can be repaired provided the.

Investigation relating to cracks: A careful study of the locations of cracks starting and finishing points their width and depth helps in dealing with the diagnosis of different types of cracks. The following information helps in diagnosing the cracks: i ii iii iv v vi vii Whether the crack is old or new. Whether it appears on the opposite face of the member also. Pattern of the cracks.

Soil condition, type of foundation used, and movement of ground if any. Observations on the similar structures in the same locality. Study of specification, method of construction, used and the test result at the site if any. Climatic condition during which the structure has been constructed. Limitation of crack width IS : Depending on the exposure conditions limitations on crack width are imposed as follows 1.

For members in water storage units, sewage treatment plants, structures in chemically hazardous atmosphere, etc. Cracks are not permitted in R. In severe atmosphere up to 0. Moderate atmosphere up to 0. In mild atmosphere the surface width of cracks should not, in general exceed 0. Permissible crack width in reinforced structure as per ACI Exposure conditions Maximum allowable crack width Dry air, protective membrane Humidity, moist air Sea water and seawater spray; Wetting and drying Water retaining structure 0.

Settlement of ground 3. Temperature and Shrinkage effects. Cracks due to faulty workman ship and poor construction practice.

Concrete structure and individual members all carry loads. Some carry only the weight of the materials they are made of, while others carry loads applied to the structure.

All material change volume when subjected to stress, Concrete is no exception. When subjected to tensile stress, concrete stretches; when subjected to compressive stress it shortens. Concrete possesses high compressive strength but little tensile strength, and reinforcing steel provides the needed strength in tension.

The loads induced during construction can be far more severe than they are experienced load effect. Most concrete members are subjected to tensile forces. Slabs and beams are the most common members subjected to significant tension. Reinforcing bars are placed in the concrete to carry tension forces.

When reinforced bar are subjected to tension they stretch. The concrete around the reinforcing bars is consequently subjected to tension and stretches. When tension in excess of tensile strength of concrete is reached, transverse crack may appear near reinforcing bars.

Cracks occur due to shear, flexural and torsional steel deficiency. Cracks occur due to abrupt curtailment of reinforcing bars, construction joints etc. Concrete problems, such as excessive deflection, cracking may be caused by volume changes associated with. Preventive measures: Special care need to be taken in the design and detailing of structures in which cracking may cause a major serviceability problem.

These structures also require continuous inspection during all phases of construction to supplement the careful design and detailing. Damages from unintentional construction overloads can be prevented only if designer provide information on load limitation for the structure and if the construction personnel heed to these limitations. Ensure proper anchorage to the reinforcing bars. Follow proper design specifications.

Cracks due to shrinkage and temperature effect: Shrinkage crack: Shrinkage cracks show up in two basic locations in most walls; the approximate mid-point of a long section of wall, and the narrowed section of the wall such as across a door or window head.

Shrinkage cracks are virtually uniform in width from top to bottom and typically extend from the top of the wall to within a couple of feet of the foundation. Common cause for shrinkage cracks in concrete walls would be excessive water content within the concrete. In general terms, higher water content within a concrete mix will result in a greater amount of shrinkage. This is quite evident in some concrete walls where there are an excessive number of cracks. On exposure to atmosphere, concrete loses some of its original water and shrink.

Drying shrinkage, if unrestrained, results in shortening of the member without a build-up of shrinkage stress. If the member is restrained from moving, stress build-up may exceed the tensile strength of the concrete. This over-stressing results in dry shrinkage cracking. Temperature effect: The effect of temperature on concrete structure and member is one of volume change. The resulting stress can be of any type: tension, compression, shear, and etc. A typical case of occurrence of cracks due to temperature variation is that of roof slab being exposed to the heat of sun, which is subjected to alternate expansion and contraction.

This movement of slab may result in pushing out top course of masonry and develop horizontal cracks in the supporting walls. Preventive Measures: Adequate insulating or terracing treatment over roof slab and by introducing joint between the slab and the supporting wall. Painting top of roof with reflective finish such as white wash can also minimize cracks. Chances of cracking due to temperature variation can be minimized by introducing expansion, contraction joints at appropriate locations.

Cracks due to settlement: Uneven differential settlement can be a major structural problem in small residential buildings, although serious settlement problems are relatively uncommon.

Many signs of masonry distress are incorrectly diagnosed as settlement-related when in fact they are due to moisture and thermal movements. Indications of differential settlement are vertical distortion or cracking of masonry walls, warped interior and exterior openings, sloped floors, and sticking doors and windows. Settlement most often. Often such settlement is associated with improper foundation design, particularly inadequate footers and foundation walls.

Soil consolidation under the footings Soil shrinkage due to the loss of moisture to nearby trees or large plants Soil swelling due to inadequate or blocked surface or house drainage Soil heaving due to frost or excessive root growth Gradual downward drift of clay soils on slopes Changes in water table level Soil erosion from poor surface drainage, faulty drains, leaking water mains or other underground water movements occasionally, underground water may scour away earth along only one side of a footer, causing its rotation and the subsequent buckling or displacement of the foundation wall above.

Soil compaction or movement due to vibration from heavy equipment, vehicular traffic, or blasting, or from ground tremors earthquakes. Gradual differential settlement over a long period of time may produce no masonry cracking at all, particularly in walls with older and softer bricks and high lime mortars; the wall will elastically deform instead.

More rapid settlements, however, produce cracks that taper, being largest at one end and diminishing to a hairline at the other, depending on the direction and location of settlement below the wall. Cracking is most likely to occur at corners and adjacent to openings, and usually follows a rough diagonal along mortar joints although individual masonry units may be split.

Settlement cracks as opposed to the similar-appearing shrinkage cracks that are especially prevalent in concrete block may extend through contiguous building elements such as floor slabs, masonry walls above the foundation, and interior plaster work.

Tapering cracks, or cracks that are nearly vertical and whose edges do not line up, may occur at the joints of projecting bay windows, porches, and additions. These cracks indicate differential settlement due to inadequate foundations or piers under the projecting element.

Often settlement slows a short time after construction and a point of equilibrium is reached in which movement no longer occurs. Minor settlement cracking is structurally harmful only if longterm moisture leakage through the cracks adversely affects building elements.

Large differential settlements, particularly between foundation walls and interior columns or piers, are more serious because they will cause movements in contiguous structural elements.

Buildings constructed on expansive soil are liable to cracks due to volumetric changes in the sub-soil conditions due to changes in moisture contents. Expansive soil is a kind of clayey soil, which exhibits swelling and shrinkage properties due to variation in seasonal moisture content. The structures built on such soils are subjected to severe stress due to alternate swelling and shrinkage and undergo distress. Light structures suffer more.

Preventive Measures: In case of shrinkable soils, adopt under reamed pile foundation. The structural design of the foundation should be carried out in such a manner as to achieve uniform distribution of pressure on the ground to avoid differential settlement. The foundation should be so proportioned that the safe bearing capacity of soil is not exceeded.

The soil should be well compacted. Cracks due to faulty workman ship and poor construction practice: Methods used to construct concrete structures are different from methods used in other type of construction. Concrete is one of the few materials in which raw ingredients are brought together at, or near, the construction site, where they are mixed, placed and molded into a final product.

How to prevent cracks in walls during construction

Walls usually crack because of movement in buildings. Allowing for these subtle movements during construction can prevent problems later. Ensure movement joints or expansion joints are built in. For example, movement joints at 12m centres should be a minimum of 15mm wide. This may vary due to compressibility of fillers, sealant performance, and type of masonry.

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Actually, concrete cracks are very common, some are even inevitable. When concrete is still in its plastic state before hardening , it is full of water. When that water eventually leaves the slab, it leaves behind large voids between the solid particles. These empty spaces make the concrete weaker and more prone to cracking. While plastic shrinkage cracks can happen anywhere in a slab or wall, they almost always happen at reentrant corners corners that point into the slab or with circular objects in the middle of a slab pipes, plumbing fixtures, drains, and manholes. Since concrete cannot shrink around a corner, stress will cause the concrete to crack from the point of that corner. Plastic shrinkage cracks are typically very narrow in width and barely visible.

Study on Causes of Cracks & its Preventive Measures in Concrete Structures

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Therefore, it is essential for the field officials to construct the high quality structures. It has been observed that even after ensuring strict quality control, workmanship and using best material, cracks do occur in structures. I hope, this handbook will certainly prove to be a valuable source of technical knowledge and will be quite helpful to civil engineering supervisors in Railways. Middha Executive Director. Every year numbers of new buildings are being added on additional as well as on replacement account. However, very oftenly, field officials are facing a problem of occurrence of cracks in buildings, and it is matter of concern since long.

CRACKS IN BUILDING (Causes and Prevention)

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