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Lightweight High-strength Concrete With The Use Of Cenosphere As Fine Aggregate

Views: 201     Author: SEPPE     Publish Time: 2023-05-25      Origin: extracted from online papers and literature

Cenosphere is a coal combustion by-product that presents interesting properties to be used in the production of cementitious materials, such as hollow structure, low density, low thermal conductivity and notably thermal stability. In addition, it displays pozzolanic reactivity under thermal curing. However, the cenosphere potential for the development of unique construction materials has not been fully investigated, remaining obscure for both power plants and the construction field.

It was discovered that the power plant’s fly ash is composed of approximately 0.2% of cenosphere. In addition, the cenosphere displayed size ranging from 30 to 300 µm and were suitable for use as fine aggregate in concrete. Concrete with 33, 67, and 100% fine aggregate replacement by the waste cenosphere was produced. Cenosphere-based high strength concrete presented strength higher than 70 MPa and density as low as 1500 kg • m-3. Compared to mixes of reference, cenosphere application as fine aggregate improved the specific strength of high-strength concrete while maintaining equivalent mechanical properties.

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