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Advances in Concrete Construction   Volume 7, Number 1, February 2019, pages 31-37
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12989/acc.2019.7.1.031
 
Performance of self-compacting concrete at room and after elevated temperature incorporating Silica fume
Subhan Ahmad, Arshad Umar, Amjad Masood and Mohammad Nayeem

 
Abstract     [Full Text]
    This paper evaluates the workability and hardened properties of self-compacting concrete (SCC) containing silica fume as the partial replacement of cement. SCC mixtures with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10% silica fume were tested for fresh and hardened properties. Slump flow with T500 time, L-box and V-funnel tests were performed for evaluating the workability properties of SCC mixtures. Compressive strength, splitting tensile strength and modulus of rupture were performed on hardened SCC mixtures. Experiments revealed that replacement of cement by silica fume equal to and more than 4% reduced the slump flow diameter and increased the T500 and V-funnel time linearly. Compressive strength, splitting tensile strength and modulus of rupture increased with increasing the replacement level of cement by silica fume and were found to be maximum for SCC mixture with 10% silica fume. Further, residual hardened properties of SCC mixture yielding maximum strengths (i.e., SCC with 10% silica fume) were determined experimentally after heating the concrete samples up to 200, 400, 600 and 800oC. Reductions in hardened properties up to 200oC were found to be very close to normal vibrated concrete (NVC). For 400 and 600oC reductions in hardened properties of SCC were found to be more than NVC of the same strength. Explosive spalling occurred in concrete specimens before reaching 800oC.
 
Key Words
    self-compacting concrete; silica fume; mechanical properties; elevated temperature
 
Address
Subhan Ahmad, Arshad Umar, Amjad Masood and Mohammad Nayeem: Department of Civil Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
 
References
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