We have been told that concrete made with shrinkage-compensated cement is more likely to be damaged by freezing and thawing than regular concrete. Is this so?
Some early tests on shrinkage-compensated cement concretes did suggest that this might be the case. Data published by Polivka, Mehta and Baker, however, in a recent special publication of the American Concrete Institute, "Durability of Concrete," indicates that in their investigation "the freeze-thaw resistance of air-entrained shrinkage-compensating cement concretes was similar to that of the corresponding concrete made with portland cement." Adequate air entrainment still seems to be the key to freeze-thaw durability.