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Title: Alkali-silica reaction in concrete from Fontana Dam, North Carolina, Tennessee Valley Authority
Authors: Tennessee Valley Authority
Buck, Alan D.
Mather, Katharine
Keywords: Alkali-aggregate reactions
Concrete dams
Fontana Dam
North Carolina
Little Tennessee River
Hydraulic structures
Publisher: Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; SL-86-9.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1973 requested petrographic examination of several concrete cores from Fontana Dam located in North Carolina to determine whether an alkali-silica reaction had occurred. A petrographic examination was made, and the results of it showed that there was evidence of alkali-silica reaction. While the evidence of reaction was conventional (gel, rims on aggregate particles, cracks), the type of aggregate was not one usually then thought to be reactive. The reactivity of this rock, with one variety variously described as quartzite or feldspathic muscovite schist or metamorphic subgraywacke and another variety as schist or phyllite, was probably due to the presence of large amounts of strained quartz.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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