Materials and Structures

, Volume 31, Issue 8, pp 507–512 | Cite as

Measurement of time-dependent strains of concrete

  • Subcommittee 4: Standardized Test Methods for Creep and Shrinkage
RILEM Technical Committees RILEM TC 107-CSP: Creep and Shrinkage Prediction Models: Principles of Their Formation Recommendation


The present recommendation defines a method for measuring the time-dependent strain in hardened concrete specimens that are either load-free or are subjected to a uniform compressive force kept constant over a long period. It states the definitions of autogenous shrinkage and drying shrinkage, basic creep and drying creep, instantaneous strain at a given age, and recovery. It gives the specifications for testing and measuring devices and describes, in an appendix, three types of apparatus for creep tests. The present recommendation applies to the case of concretes containing light, normal, and heavy aggregates, when the maximum size of these aggregates does not exceed 50 mm.


Shrinkage Creep Test Autogenous Shrinkage Shrinkage Strain Instantaneous Strain 
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