Properties of High–Lime Fly Ash Concrete

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Senel Artirma
Erdem Tandirli

Fly ash is a waste product from coal based thermal power stations. About seven million tons of fly ash is being produced annually from these thermal power stations in Turkey. Concerted efforts are needed to make the material used to a great extent.

These paper give the results of an investigation on the performance of fly ash concrete made with ASTM C class fly ashes from two sources. PC42,5 cement used in the experiments conforms to TS19 (Turkish Standards).

A comparison between concretes with and without fly ash was provided for various aspects. All the concrete mixtures contained polyhydroxy carbon salt plasticizer which complies with ASTM C 494-81 Type D. Their workabilities were kept constant.

As freshly-mixed concrete properties slump, unit weight, air content, setting time and bleeding values were determined.

As mechanical properties compressive strength and were measured after 24 hours, 7, 28 and 90 days.

Durability in terms of freezing and thawing resistance (ASTM C 666 Procedure A), and permeability were also investigated.

Keywords: Fly ash, concrete properties, binder material, micro-structure

Senel Artirma, Geophysics Engineer, Quality Assurance Manager of Nuh Beton Ready-Mixed Concrete Company, Turkey.

Erdem Tandirli, Civil Engineer, Quality Control Chief of Nuh Beton Ready-Mixed Concrete Company, Turkey.


Environmental hazards and over-comsumption of energy resources has been and still are the most concerning issues for the modern world. In this respect the usage of fly ash which is a waste product of the thermal power stations by ready-mixed concrete industry as a binder material can be an effective way both of decreasing the ash discharge out to the environment and of cement consumption thus of saving the resources on a national scale.

From the concrete technology's point of view, the usage of fly ash causes qualitative changes in concrete properties. The answer to whether these changes were improvement or not can be given only by knowing the intentions of usage.

For this purpose fly ashes were added both in addition to and as a substitute for some part of the cement, and fresh and hardened concrete properties were investigated.


2.1 Materials

2.1.1 Cement

The cement used is Turkish, portland cement (PC 42.5) and comforms to Turkish standart TS19 while approximately corresponds to ASTM C 150-89 Type I. Its chemical composition, and principal compounds are summarized in Table 1.a, physical and mechanical properties in Table 1.b along with standart limits.

Table 1.a – Chemical properties of cement

Chemical Composition
Components, %PC 42.5TS 19ASTM Type I
MgO1.205 max.6 max.
SO31.973.5 max.3 max.
Total Alkalies: Na2O+0.658x K2O0.00-0.6 max.
Insoluble Residue0.831.5 max.0.75 max.
Loss on Ignition1.154 max.3 max.
Principal Compounds
Table 1.b – Physical and mechanical properties of cement

Physical Properties
PC 42.5TS 19ASTM Type I
Specific Gravity, gr/cm33.12--
Specific Surface, cm2/gr32682800 min.2800 min.
Setting Times, minutes
Initial19560 min.45 min.
Final216600 max.375 max.
Mechanical Properties
Compressive Strength, MPa
1 day166--
2 days27120 min-
7 days44231.5 min.19.3 min.
28 days-42.5 min27.6 min.

2.1.2 Fly ashes

Fly ashes were from two different thermal power plants using lignite as combustible, namely Seyitomer and Cayirhan both of which are located in western Turkey. Their chemical compositions are given in Table 2.a, physical and mechanical properties in Table 2.b, in comparison with ASTM C 618-89a limits and relevant Turkish standart TS 639 limits.

Table 2.a – Chemical properties of fly ashes

Chemical Composition...
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