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The influence of thermal curing on the evolution of the material properties and the UHPFRC behaviour was investigated. Tests results showed a beneficial effect of a high temperature curing on the early age material properties due to the thermo-activation effect on the hydration process. However, an inverse effect was observed at long-term. In our study, activation energy of UHPFRC was evaluated from experimental data by means of empirical models. The traditional maturity-function based on Arrhenius law, generally used to describe thermally activated physical or chemical processes, was used to predict the evolution of the UHPFRC autogenous shrinkage and to validate the applicability of this concept for such cement-based materials. Results showed that the concept based on Arrhenius law could describe correctly temperature effects on UHPFRC for temperature lower than 30A degrees C.

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