Experimental Analysis of Concrete Strength at High Temperatures and after Cooling
Keywords:fire, concrete, blended cement, alkali-activated cement, concrete structures, tests at high temperatures, cooling down phase, hot strength, residual strength
AbstractIn recent years, the cement industry has been criticized for emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide; hence it is developing environment-friendly cement, e.g., blended, supersulfated slag cement (SSC). This paper presents an experimental analysis of the compressive strength development of concrete made from blended cement in comparison to ordinary cement at high temperature. Three different types of cement were used during these tests, an ordinary portland cement (CEM I), a portland limestone cement (CEM II-A-LL) and a new, supersulfated slag cement (SSC). The compressive strength development for a full thermal cycle, including cooling down phase, was investigated on concrete cylinders. It is shown that the SSC concrete specimens perform similar to ordinary cement specimens.