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Homework Help: Thermal Expansion of concrete

  1. Jan 28, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A concrete highway is built of slabs 14 m long (20 degrees Celsius)
    How wide should the expansion cracks between the slabs be (at 15 deg Celsius) to prevent buckling if the range of temperature is - 30 deg Celsius to 48 deg C?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Coefficient of Linear expansion ([tex]\alpha[/tex])for concrete at 20 deg C = 12*10^-6

    [tex]\Delta[/tex]L = (12*10^-6)(14m)(48-15 deg C) = .005544 m

    [tex]\Delta[/tex]L = (12*10^-6)(14m)(-30-15 deg C) = -.00756 m

    Total range = .0055m + .0076m = .013m
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