Thermal Control Plan

Close-up of the St. Croix Bridge
Concrete in the St. Croix Crossing in Stillwater, Minnesota, used up to 85% supplementary cementitious materials as part of the thermal control plan for the drilled shafts, piers, and cross beams. Photo: Len Kirk, Hayden-Murphy Equipment Company

Mass concrete needs a thermal control plan. We’ll help you meet the requirements.

If you’re building a bridge, radiation shielding, or other mass concrete, you’ll need a thermal control plan. Temperature differences between the surface and the interior can generate wide, deep cracks.  And concrete that gets too hot during curing won’t be durable. We’ll help you meet the requirements as economically as possible.

Our strategies may include mixture proportioning, pre-cooling, insulation, and/or post-cooling. We’ll avoid using cooling tubes if possible.

What makes a Beton thermal control plan stand out is that we tailor our service to your requirements. We’ll look at your project’s size, function, risk, and potential cost savings. We’ll recommend an analysis (and possibly testing) program to minimize your overall construction cost.

I-91 Bridge in Brattleboro, Vermont
The piers of the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge in Vermont used self-consolidating concrete because of the congested reinforcement and the curvature of the forms. The look of natural stone comes from pigments and concrete form liners rather than masonry.

If we calibrate the maturity of the concrete ahead of time, we can also provide real-time data on the strength of the concrete. That way you’ll know when it’s safe to remove the forms or posttension the concrete.

We can develop concrete mixture proportions to meet all your requirements—placement, durability, strength, and sustainability.

We’ll also monitor the temperatures and strengths after placement. That way if things change, we can help you keep your project on track.

Email Sara Shuga, senior engineer, to discuss your next project.