Enhancement in Early Strengths of Slag-cement Mortars by Adjusting Basicity of the Slag Prepared From Fly-ash of MSWI

The insufficient early strength of cement mortars in which partial cement had been replaced by pulverized slag melted from municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) fly-ash were tackled in this study by adjusting the basicity of the slag through the addition of various amounts of CaCO3 into MSWI fly-ash, melted into a 'modified slag', pulverized to partially replace cement. Increased basicity in the modified slag manifestly improves the early compressive strengths of cement mortar with 20% Portland cement replaced by the modified slag powder (20 wt.% CaCO3 added). The 14- and 28-day compressive strengths of the mortars evidently increased to nearly that of the reference specimen made of only Portland cement mortar. 90-day compressive strength is even higher than that of the reference specimen. Porosity and Fourier transform infrared spectra analyses evidenced the improvement in early strengths by hydration while enhancement in long-term strength by pozzolanic reaction in the CaCO3 added slag-cement mortar.


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  • Accession Number: 01141859
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2009 6:17PM