Mechanical performance of low cement reactive powder concrete (LCRPC)

Yiğiter H., Aydın S., Yazıcı H., Yardimci M. Y.

COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING, vol.43, no.8, pp.2907-2914, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.07.042
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2907-2914
  • Keywords: Mechanical properties, Microstructures, Electron microscopy, Heat treatment, Reactive powder concrete, FLY-ASH, STRENGTH, PASTE
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The possibility of producing a reactive powder concrete (RPC) with low cement content was aimed in the scope of this study. Cement was replaced with class-C fly ash (FA) up to 60% for this purpose. Three different curing conditions (standard water curing, autoclave curing and steam curing) were applied to specimens. Two series of RPC composites were prepared with bauxite and granite aggregates. Mechanical properties such as compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, flexural strength and fracture energy of composites were investigated. Test results showed that, compressive strength of 200 MPa can be reached with low cement by using high-volume fly ash. Thermally treated specimens showed compressive strength beyond 250 MPa and high volume fly ash RPC have superior performance. Furthermore, compressive strength values reached up to 400 MPa with external pressure application during setting and hardening stages. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.