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Title: Physical and Mechanical Properties of Mortars Containing Incinerated Sludge Ash and Silica Fume

Author(s): Anant Parghi and M. Shahria Alam

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 314


Appears on pages(s): 1-30

Keywords: Sludge ash; silica fume; Portland cement; mortars; setting time; water absorption; sorptivity; compressive strength; flexural strength.

Date: 3/1/2017

The aim of this study is to investigate the physical and mechanical properties of cement mortar by replacing a portion of cement with incinerated sludge ash (SA) and silica fume (SF) at different proportions. The experimental program consists of four series. In series-A, the substitution amounts include 0%, 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 12.5% and 15% of SA. In addition, in series A, B, C and D of the experimental program, 0%, 10% 15% and 20% of SF were added, respectively. The tests performed include consistency, setting time, flow table spread value, flexural strength (Rf), compressive strength (Sc), apparent bulk density, water absorption and sorptivity. The results show that the initial and the final setting times and workability increased, when the percentage of SA was higher. Due to little pozzolanic reaction, the strength activity index (SAI), and the initial compressive and flexural strengths of SA mortar decreased. However, addition of SF to SA mortar could improve its mechanical properties. Statistical analysis is also conducted to forecast the flexural and compressive strengths of mortar, and an equation is proposed by performing regression analysis.


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