Mechanical properties and creep behaviour of an alkali-activated concrete
May 27-June 1, 2018
Alkali activated materials (AAMs) have received great interest for production of eco-friendly concrete as an alternative for OPC-based concrete. AAMs usually have comparable or better mechanical properties and durability compared to that of OPCs, and at the same time help in reduction of CO2 emissions and utilization of industrial wastes. In general, AAMs have a high resistance to very high and low temperatures and show a rapid strength gain which makes them an excellent option for rapid construction.
As a potential structural material, AAMs face some obstacles for application in construction including the lack of knowledge on long-term performance and stability as well as the lack of standardized procedures for production and design alkali activated concrete. The problem of control and increase of the material performance is the main challenge for AAMs researchers.
Despite the recent interest and intensive research on the performance of AAMs, the time-dependent deformation and creep of these materials have not been fully investigated yet. The creep phenomenon depends on many environmental (like temperature and humidity) and structural (the mix design and curing conditions) parameters and therefore it is expected have differences in AAMs compared to OPC. In this work, the authors present a preliminary experimental investigation of this phenomenon in concrete made of AAMs. The presented experimental data, including mechanical properties and creep tests results, are a step towards understanding of the creep mechanism in these materials.
The test results shows the increase of compressive strength, splitting strength, and Young’s modulus during the first 30 days of curing. From 30th to 90th days, the mechanical properties have insignificant changes. The creep tests are performed for five months. The creep curves are similar to OPC and show a creep coefficient of about 5.5 for total creep and 4 for basic creep.
Albina Kostiuchenko, Zainab Aldin, Bahman Ghiassi, Guang Ye, and Jiahua Liu, "Mechanical properties and creep behaviour of an alkali-activated concrete" in "International Conference on Alkali Activated Materials and Geopolymers: Versatile Materials Offering High Performance and Low Emissions", J. Provis, University of Sheffield C. Leonelli, Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia W. Kriven, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A. Boccaccini, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg A. Van Riessen, Curtin University, Australia Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2018). https://dc.engconfintl.org/geopolymers/32