Compressive Strength and Durability of Concrete Made with Combined Cementitious Materials
Chengning Wu and Junqing Xin
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Concrete durability; High early strength Portland cement; Fine blast furnace slag powders; Fly ash; Combined cementitious materials.
In order to improve compressive strength and the durability of concrete, such as, alkali-aggregate reaction resistance, chloride ion permeation resistance, carbonation resistance, and freezing and thawing resistance, a new type of combined cementitious materials was used to make the concrete. One part of the cementitious materials was high early strength Portland cement (similar to ASTM type III Portland cement), which had more than 63 mass% C3S and hydrated quickly to generate calcium hydroxide to accelerate pozzolanic reaction. Another part of the cementitious materials was fine blast furnace slag powders which had more than 6000 cm2/g Blaine specific surface area to get faster hydration with the calcium hydroxide. And other part of the cementitious materials was fly ash which had high specific surface area and low ignition loss to get faster pozzolanic reaction. According to the results of tests in this research, it is clear that the compressive strength of the concrete made with the combined cementitious materials is near that of the concrete made with the high early strength Portland cement only. However, the alkali-aggregate reaction in the concrete made with the combined cementitious materials is much lower than that of the concrete made with the high early Portland cement, and/or mixed with the fine blast furnace slag powders or fly ash respectively. It is also confirmed that chloride ion permeation resistance, carbonation resistance, and freezing and thawing resistance of the concrete made with the combined cementitious materials are improved considerably.