Role of total reactive oxide ratios on strength development in activated fly ash

  • Bhagath Singh G
  • Subramaniam K
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The role of individual reactive components and process variables such as molarity and temperature on alkaline activation of different low-calcium fly ash is explored. The oxide ratios in the activated system, based on the total silica (total SiO2) in the system consisting of the reactive silica contributed by fly ash and the reactive alumina in fly ash are shown to provide consistent results for achieving the highest strength. For a given total SiO2 content in the system, an increase in the sodium content above a certain dosage does not influence the ultimate compressive strength. An optimum (total SiO2) to Na2O ratio, equal to 2.66 is established for achieving maximum strength. The role of temperature within the range of 60°C-85°C is not significant when the molarity of NaOH is high. A N-A-S-H type gel with Si/Al ratio ranging between 2.5 to 3.0 and the Al/Na ratio varying between 1.30 to 0.9 is formed on decreasing the (total SiO2)/Na2O ratio from 6.55 to 2.66




Bhagath Singh, G. V. P., & Subramaniam, K. V. L. (2017). Role of total reactive oxide ratios on strength development in activated fly ash. MATEC Web of Conferences, 120, 02014.

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