Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2015, Volume: 8, Issue: 32, Pages: 1-6
K. Sathish Kumar* and S. Dilli Babu
Department of Civil Engineering, Bharath University, Chennai - 600073, Tamil Nadu, India;
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Self-Compacting Concrete is an innovative concrete that does not require vibration for placing and compaction. It is able to flow under its own weight, completely filling formwork and achieving full compaction, even in the presence of congested reinforcement. One of the disadvantages of self-compacting concrete is its cost, associated with the use of high volumes of Portland cement and use of chemical admixtures. One alternative to reduce the cost of self-compacting concrete is the use of mineral admixtures such as fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag and micro silica, which is finely, divided materials added to concrete during mixture procedure. When these mineral admixtures replace a part of the Portland cement, the cost of self-compacting concrete will be reduced especially if the mineral admixtures are waste or industrial by-product. Moreover, the use of mineral admixtures in the production of self-compacting concrete not only provides economic benefits but also reduces heat of hydration. The incorporation of mineral admixtures also eliminates the need for viscosity-enhancing chemical admixtures. The lower water content of the concrete leads to higher durability, in addition to better mechanical integrity of the structure. This paper presents an experimental investigation on strength aspects like compressive, flexural and split tensile strength of self compacting concrete containing different mineral admixtures and workability tests for different mineral admixtures are carried out. About 15% fly ash and 5% micro silica are used as a partial replacement for cement
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