Effects of mineral and superplasticizer admixtures on the mechanical behaviour of lightweight concrete

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This paper presents an experimental investigation of the combined effect of a superplasticizer admixture and metakaolin material on the mechanical behaviour of expanded clay lightweight concrete containing recycled glass aggregate. The optimum dosage of the superplasticizer admixture (type SNF) was adjusted and used by weight of cement. The short and long-term mechanical properties of concrete mixes were measured in accordance with the relevant British / EN standards. The obtained results were compared with the results of control concrete mixes (without superplasticizer).
The results obtained showed that the superplasticizer admixture exhibited a 20% reduction in mixing water content. All measured values of unit weight, compressive and splitting tensile strengths increased when the superplasticizer admixture and metakaolin material are used. The concrete mix containing 30% recycled glass revealed an increase in the mechanical strength compared with the mix of 15%recycled glass. However, the workability of the superplasticizer concrete mixes was degraded, reaching 44% reduction in slump value.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Structures and Buildings
Early online date26 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018