Performance of geopolymer concrete composed of fly ash after exposure to elevated temperatures

Published on Nov 15, 2017in Construction and Building Materials4.419
· DOI :10.1016/J.CONBUILDMAT.2017.07.208
William Gustavo Valencia Saavedra2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Valle),
Ruby Mejía de Gutiérrez27
Estimated H-index: 27
(University of Valle)
Abstract Alkaline activated concretes based on a mixture of fly ash (FA) and blast furnace slag (GBFS), as well as FA and Portland cement (OPC), both at a ratio of 80:20, were exposed to temperatures between 25 °C and 1100 °C. Then, the physicochemical and mechanical changes were evaluated. The results indicate that the activated concretes have better performance than the reference ones (100% OPC). At temperatures of 1100 °C, the residual strengths of the FA/GBFS and FA/OPC concretes are 15 and 5.5 MPa, respectively, unlike the OPC concrete that lost 100% of its strength. At temperatures above 900 °C, the activated matrix densified, and the crystalline phases, such as sodalite, nepheline, albite and akermanite, are identified.
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