A simple mix design method for self-compacting concrete
ABSTRACT This paper proposes a new mix design method for self-compacting concrete (SCC). First, the amount of aggregates required is determined, and the paste of binders is then filled into the voids of aggregates to ensure that the concrete thus obtained has flowability, self-compacting ability and other desired SCC properties. The amount of aggregates, binders and mixing water, as well as type and dosage of superplasticizer (SP) to be used are the major factors influencing the properties of SCC. Slump flow, V-funnel, L-flow, U-box and compressive strength tests were carried out to examine the performance of SCC, and the results indicate that the proposed method could produce successfully SCC of high quality. Compared to the method developed by the Japanese Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (JRMCA), this method is simpler, easier for implementation and less time-consuming, requires a smaller amount of binders and saves cost.
Article: Investigations about the influence of fine additives on the viscosity of cement paste for self-compacting concrete[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In this work, the effect of fine additives (limestone, silica fume, fly ash, pozzolan, nano-silica fume) on the plastic viscosity of cement paste is being investigated. Towards this direction, twenty-four samples were designed and produced. Those pastes consisted mainly of cement (type CEM I 42.5) and specific proportions of one or two fine additives. Plastic viscosity and yield stress were measured, as well as micro-structure of selected 28-days hardened samples was studied through means of mercury porosimetry. Results showed that limestone (40%) can improve the rheological behavior of cement pastes, and the synergy of limestone (20%) and fly ash (20%) can lead to higher packing density. Cement pastes that combine those two characteristics, could serve as the base for self-compacting concrete (SCC) production.Construction and Building Materials 24(8):1518-1522. · 1.83 Impact Factor