||We assess the durability of a Ultra High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) after accelerated ageing, i.e. after partial drying, or 105°C oven-drying (dry reference state), 200, 300 or 400°C heat-treatment, or progressive splitting (Brazilian test). Our key experimental tool is gas permeability Kgas under varying confinement Pc, coupled to MIP and SEM analysis. UHPFRC properties are compared to standard mortar and ordinary concrete.
Whereas usual UHPFRCs involve pozzolanic additions and thermal curing, this UHPFRC does not, and is significantly more porous (by 9-10%). However, 74% of its porosity comprises pores smaller than 4nm, i.e. located within the C-S-H. Dry reference state UHPFRC lies in the range of very high durable materials, with an average Kgas=10-18m2. Damage by heat-treatment at 400°C induces limited de-bonding at the fiber/paste interface, which increases Kgas up to 10-17m2 at Pc=6MPa. While sustaining more than 300 μm/m tensile strain, Kgas of UHPFRC remains virtually identical.