Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link Testing Program

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Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link Testing Program

Femern A/S, the Owner of the coming Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, has through an open tender process selected the Concrete Centre at Danish Technological Institute as its external concrete laboratory. As part of a testing program supporting the preparation of material requirements the Concrete Centre’s HighTech Concrete Laboratory has produced 30 concrete blocks and a large number of small test specimens based on a series of possible mix designs for the construction. Fifteen large concrete blocks (400 litres – 2 x 1 x 0.2 m) each having different concrete composition have been placed partly submerged in the harbour in Rødbyhavn. They will be monitored at least until the end of the construction period.

For the production of the 15 concrete types, including 3 SCC mixes, the demands on batching accuracy have been very strict. Maximum 1 % weight deviation was allowed on any individual constituent. This requirement was met by the mixing plant at the Concrete Centre by implementing special procedures for moisture control of the aggregate. The mixing plant has 5 aggregate silos and 4 powder silos and a capacity of 250 litres concrete per batch.

Cores (Ø100 and Ø150 mm) are drilled from concrete blocks at 28 days of maturity.
Left: Casting of large concrete block at the DTI laboratory.
Right: Martin with the first concrete block.

An extensive testing program has been initiated comprising documentation of:

  • Workability, density, and air content
  • Setting time and bleeding
  • Strength development (compressive and split tensile)
  • Frost resistance and air void structure
  • Chloride ingress resistance
  • Microstructure (petrographic analysis)

Left: Self-compacting concrete in the mixer.
Right: Measuring the slump flow of SCC after determination of rheological parameters by the 4C-Rheometer.The high batching accuracy achieved by using the mixing plant at the Concrete Centre ensures that conclusions regarding the fresh and hardened concrete properties are based on a sound foundation.

The laboratory mixing plant has proven to be a valuable tool for documentation of concrete and constituent materials at the industrial scale.

The results from the testing program will be used in preparing the material requirements for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link construction.