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Volume 5, Number 1, February 2017
 

Abstract
This research project aimed at evaluating experimentally the effect of natural perlite powder as an alternative supplementary cementing material (SCM) on the performance of fiber reinforced self-consolidating repair mortars (FR-SCRMs). For this purpose, four FR-SCRMs mixes incorporating 0%, 10%, 20%, and 30% of natural perlite powder as cement replacements were prepared. The evaluation was based on fresh (slump flow, flow time, and unit weight), hardened (air-dry unit weight, compressive and flexural strengths, dynamic modulus of elasticity), and durability (water absorption test) performances. The results reveal that structural repair mortars confronting the performance requirements of class R4 materials (European Standard EN 1504-3) could be designed using 10%, 20%, and 30% of perlite powder as cement substitutions. Bonding results between repair mortars containing perlite powder and old concrete substrate investigated by the slant shear test showed good interlocking justifying the effectiveness of these produced mortars.

Key Words
fiber reinforced self-consolidating repair mortar (FR-SCRM); flowability; mechanical properties; perlite powder; slant shear

Address
A. Benyahia, M. Ghrici and M. Said Mansour: Geomaterials Laboratory, Hassiba Benbouali University of Chlef, P.O. Box 151, Chlef 02000, Algeria
A. Omran: Dept. of Civil Eng., University of Sherbrooke, 2500 Blvd. de l\'Université, Sherbrooke (QC) J1K2R1, Canada

Abstract
Geopolymer concrete is environmentally friendly and could be considered as a construction material to promote the sustainable development. In this paper fly ash based geopolymer concretes with different percentages of alccofine were made by mixing sodium hydroxide and sodium silicate as an alkaline activator and cured at ambient as well as heat environment in an electric oven at 90oC. Effects of various parameters such as the percentage of alccofine, curing temperature, a period of curing, fly ash content, was studied on compressive strength as well as workability of geopolymer concrete. The study concludes that the presence of alccofine improves the properties of geopolymer concrete during a fresh and hardened state of concrete. Geopolymer concrete in the presence of alccofine can be used for the general purpose of concrete as required compressive strength can be achieved even at ambient temperature. The 28 days compressive strength of 73 MPa, when cured at 90-degree Celsius, confirmed that it is also very suitable for precast concrete components.

Key Words
geopolymer concrete; alccofines; heat cured; ambient cured; x-ray diffraction

Address
Bharat Bhushan Jindal:
1) Research Scholar, IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala, Punjab, India
2) Department of Civil Engineering, M.M. University Sadopur, Ambala, India
Dhirendra Singhal and Parveen: Department of Civil Engineering, DCRUST Murthal, Haryana, India
Sanjay K. Sharma: Department of Civil Engineering, NITTTR, Chandigarh, India
Deepankar K. Ashish: Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, Maharaja Agrasen University, Baddi, India

Abstract
Supplementary cementitious materials (SCM) have turned out to be a vital portion of extraordinary strength and performance concrete. Metakaolin (MK) is one of SCM material is acquired by calcinations of kaolinite. Universally utilised as pozzolanic material in concrete to enhance mechanical and durability properties. This study investigates the fresh and hardened properties of conventional concrete (CC) and self compacting concrete (SCC) by partially replacing cement with MK in diverse percentages. In CC and SCC, partial replacement of cement with MK varies from 5-20%. Fresh concrete properties of CC are conducted by slump test and compaction factor tests and for SCC, slump flow, T500, J-Ring, L-Box, V-Funnel and U-Box tests. Hardened concrete characteristics are investigated by compressive, split tensile and flexural strengths at age of 7, 28 and 90 days of curing under water. Carbonation depth, water absorption and density of MK based CC and SCC was also computed. Fresh concrete test results indicated that increase in MK replacement increases workability of concrete in a constant w/b ratio. Also outcomes reveal that concrete integrating MK had greater compressive, flexural and split tensile strengths. Optimum replacement level of MK for cement was 10%, which increased mechanical properties and robustness properties of concrete.

Key Words
metakaolin (MK); conventional concrete (CC); self compacting concrete (SCC); compressive strength; flexural strength; split tensile strength

Address
S. Lenka: Department of Civil Engineering, ITER, SOA University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
K.C.Panda:Department of Civil Engineering, ITER, SOA University, Bhubaneswar, 751030, Odisha, India

Abstract
Traditional reinforced concrete slabs and beams are widely used for building. The use of flat slab structures gives advantages over traditional reinforced concrete building in terms of design flexibility, easier formwork and use of space and shorter building time. Deflection of the slab plays a critical role on the design and service life of building components; however, there is no recent research to explore actual deformation of concrete slab despite various advancements within the design codes and construction technology. This experimental study adopts the Hydrostatic Levelling Cells method for monitoring the deformation of a multi-storey building with flat slabs. In addition, this research presents and discusses the experimental results for the vertical deformation.

Key Words
deformation; flat slab; reinforced concrete; multi-storey

Address
Shivan Tovi: School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London, W5 5RF, London, UK
Charles Goodchild: The Concrete Centre, SW1V 1HU, London, UK
Ali B-Jahromi: Department of Civil Engineering, School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London, W5 5RF, London, UK

Abstract
This study was focused on the use of partial replacement of cement with glass powder in high strength concrete and also copper slag as a partial replacement of coarse sand in concrete. The high strength concrete was prepared with different mineral admixtures like silica fume, fly ash and rice ash husk in different proportions. An experimental investigation has been carried to study about the effect of glass powder on high strength copper slag concrete .The range of glass powder was 10%, 15% and 20% as a replacement of cement. The range of copper slag was 0%, 20%, 40% and 60% as a replacement of natural sand. In addition to the different percentage of fly ash, silica fume, and rice husk ash 5% and 10% was also studied in copper slag concrete. Thus a total of 51 cubes were casted and compressive strength test was performed on them. The result of the study shows that the value of average compressive strength of concrete after addition of 10%, 15% and 20% of glass powder are 70.47, 72.01 and 73.31 respectively. The value of average compressive strength after addition of 20%, 40% and 60% copper slag as a replacement of sand are 72.18, 74.38 and 73.08 respectively. The value of average compressive strength after addition of 5% and 10% fly ash as a replacement of cement are 71.56 and 73.22. The value of average compressive strength after addition of 5% and 10% silica fume as a replacement of cement are 72.33 and 73.53. The value of average compressive strength after addition of 5% and 10% rice husk ash as a replacement of cement are 72.86 and 69.49. At the level of 20% replacement of cement by glass powder meets maximum strength as compared to that of controlled concrete and copper slag high strength concrete.

Key Words
glass powder; copper slag; fly ash; silica fume; rice ash husk

Address
Kaleem A. Zaidi: Department of Civil Engineering Section, AMUAligarh, India
Shobha Ram and Mukesh K. Gautam: School of Engineering, G. B. University, Greater Noida, India

Abstract
An experimental work was carried out to study the effect of hybrid fiber on the tension stiffening and cracking characteristics of geopolymer concrete (GPC). A total of 24 concentrically reinforced concrete specimens were cast and tested under uniaxial tension. The grade of concrete considered was M40. The variables mainly consist of the volume fraction of crimped steel fibers (0.5 and 1.0%) and basalt fibers (0.1, 0.2and0.3%). The load deformation response was recorded using LVDT‟s. At all the stages of loading after the first cracking, crack width and crack spacing were measured. The addition of fibers in hybrid form significantly improved the tension stiffening effect. In this study, the combination of 0.5% steel fiber and 0.2% basalt fiber gave a better comparison than the other combinations.

Key Words
fiber reinforced concrete; fly ash; ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS); steel fibers; basalt fibers; tension stiffening; cracking

Address
N. Ganesan, R. Sahana and P. V. Indira: Department of Civil Engineering Institute, National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala, India


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