A Preparatory Study About the Effect of Feldspar on the Properties of Alkali-Activated Slag Concrete
Alaa M. Rashad, Youssef A. Mosleh, Mahmoud Gharieb
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alkali-activated slag; compressive strength; feldspar; splitting strength; total porosity; water absorption
In spite of feldspars being the most torrential menial in the crust of the earth, their uses in alkali-activated materials are still too limited. In this work, for the first time, the effect of different ratios of potassium feldspar on the properties of alkali-activated slag (AAS) concrete was studied. The slag was partially replaced with 10 to 50% feldspar with a stride of 10 wt%. The effects of feldspar on the workability, compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, water absorption, and total porosity of AAS concrete were investigated. Different techniques were applied to investigate the crystalline phases, hydration products, and microstructures of the critical samples. The results showed a positive effect of feldspar on workability, of which the workability increased with increasing feldspar ratio. The incorporation of 10% feldspar has a positive effect on compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, water absorption, total porosity, and refining the microstructure, whilst higher ratios than 10% have a negative effect.