Evaluating the performance of high-volume fly ash (HVFA) concrete, for South African fly ash
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Due to the benefits provided by the usage of FA in concrete, the usage of HVFA concrete is increasing within the concrete industry. This study looked at the effects of increasing the content of FA in concrete, beyond the conventional 30% amount, to find an optimum amount suitable for use in concrete structures, without compromising the quality of concrete. Concrete mixes of 25MPa, 35MPa and 50MPa with FA partially substituting the cement at 30%, 40%, 50% and 60%, were produced and numerous concrete properties were evaluated in a laboratory environment, to determine an optimum amount of HVFA that can be used and still obtain better or comparable concrete to ordinary concrete. Concrete testing for compressive strength, durability, slump, setting time and drying shrinkage was performed at laboratories over a period of one year. Also a cost comparison between the ordinary concrete and FA concrete was done. Test results showed that HVFA concrete can perform well in structures with good compressive strength and durability result even if the amount of cement is less than of fly ash. It can also be economical to utilize HVFA concrete, especially in larger project.
Zulu, S. and Allopi, D. 2016. Evaluating the performance of high-volume fly ash (HVFA) concrete, for South African fly ash. Invention Journal of Research Technology in Engineering & Management (IJRTEM). 1(5): 1-7.