Experiment and Micro-Mechanism Study on Mechanical Properties and Durability of High-Calcium Fly Ash Concrete
Low-calcium fly ash is paid much attention for its wide use in engineering, the research and application technology of it are very mature, but as to high-calcium fly ash concrete, the researches on stability, mechanical property and durability of it are very less , The existing researches are still inadequate for practice of engineering. As to this problem, using small shek kip hydropower project as example, the volume stability of high-calcium fly ash concretes with different fly ash dosages are tested, then the optimal dosage of the high-calcium fly ash is determined; based on this, the impacts of high-calcium fly ash on the performance of mechanical properties , impermeability and frost resistance of concrete are studied; Finally, macro performance is analyzed from a micro-mechanism point of view through taking the electron micrograph. As the study shows, the optimal dosage of high-calcium fly ash should be taken as 20% -25%; for the concrete with special requirements, the dosage can be relaxed to 30% when the high-calcium fly ash achieves high quality. The compressive strength of high-calcium fly ash concrete is higher than the low-calcium fly ash concrete. Strength development advantage of high-calcium fly ash concrete reflects at the early age, this advantage takes the trend of weakening as the development of age. Concrete mixed with high-calcium fly ash has good performance in impermeability. The high-calcium fly ash has high activity, the high-calcium fly ash and secondary hydration reaction products can be filled into the pore capillary and cracks of the concrete structure, improving the pore structure, thereby increasing the density of cement paste. High-calcium fly ash concrete has good performance in frost resistance. The destructive effects of freeze-thaw cycles on cement structure has connection with the microstructure of cement and impermeability , the improvement of impermeability avoids the water entering into the concrete, reduces the risk of destruction caused by frost heave.The study on micro-mechanism proves well the macro-phenomena above.
S. X. Li et al., "Experiment and Micro-Mechanism Study on Mechanical Properties and Durability of High-Calcium Fly Ash Concrete", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 480-481, pp. 59-65, 2011