Thermal conductivity and compressive strength of concrete incorporation with mineral admixtures

Civil Engineering Department, Engineering Faculty, Atatürk University, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey
Building and Environment 01/2007; DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2006.06.010

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