MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 162, 2018The 3rd International Conference on Buildings, Construction and Environmental Engineering, BCEE3-2017
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Building Materials Engineering and Construction Management|
|Published online||07 May 2018|
Effect of different curing conditions on the mechanical properties of reactive powder concrete
Civil Engineering Department, Tikrit University, Tikrit, Iraq
2 Technical College, Kirkuk, Iraq
* Corresponding author: dr.mazinburhan @tu.edu.iq
Reactive Powder Concrete (RPC) is an ultra-high performance concrete which has superior mechanical and physical properties, and composed of cement and very fine powders such as quartz sand and silica fume with very low water/ binder ratio and Superplasticizer. Heat treatment is a well-known method that can further improve the performance of (RPC). The current research including an experimental study of the effect of different curing conditions on mechanical properties of reactive powder concrete (compressive strength, modulus of rupture and splitting tensile strength), the curing conditions includes three type of curing; immersion in water at temperature of 35 OC (which is considered as the reference-curing situation), immersion in water at temperature of 90 OC for 5 hours daily and curing with hot steam for 5 hours daily) until 28 days according to ASTM C684-99 . This research includes also the study of effect of adding silica fume as percentage of cement weight on mechanical properties of reactive powder concrete for different percentage ratios (5%,10% and 15%). Super plasticizer is also used with ratio of (1.8%) by weight of cementitious material; constant water cement ratio (0.24) was used for all mixes. For each reactive concrete mix, it has been cast into a cubes of (150*150*150) (to conduct the compression test), a cylinders of 150mm diameter with 300mm height (to conduct split test) and prisms of (500*100*100)mm to conduct the modulus of rupture test. The results showed that the best method of curing (according to its enhancing the RPC mechanical properties) is the method of immersion in hot water at temperature 90 OC for the all silica fume percentages, and the best used silica fume percentage was (10%) for the all used curing methods.
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