Strength and durability studies on high volume ready-made ultrafine slag-based high-strength concrete

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1 School of Civil Engineering, SASTRA University, Thanjavur 613401 India

2 School of Civil Engineering, SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur 613401 India


Steel industries produces ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) as a waste material and has enormous scope to be made use of in concrete as partial substitute to cement. The average particle size of GGBFS used was 17.5 µm. It fills voids and modifies the microstructure in turn enhancing the strength and durability of concrete. In the present work commercially available ultra fine slag (readymade ultrafine slag - RUFS) with an average size of 5 µm was used as mineral admixture in three different percentages of 30, 40 and 50 as substitute to cement. Results of present work were compared to precursor slag of author’s earlier works. From the experimental results it was understood that RUFS with 40% substitution to cement gave better performance among three different percentages used. Comparing with author’s earlier works, RUFS performed better than precursor slag and had slightly higher results than that of concrete with 5 to 15% of RUFS. Hence it is suggested that cement could be replaced with readymade ultrafine in high volume as much of 40% without compromising its performance.


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