Physical-mechanical properties of fly ash/GGBFS geopolymer composites with recycled aggregates

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Construction and Building Materials, 2019, 226 pp. 139 - 151
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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd The properties of fly ash and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) combination based geopolymer composites containing recycled aggregate are investigated in this study, which obtained from construction and demolition wastes. The effects of recycled aggregate replacement and GGBFS inclusion on the physical and mechanical properties of geopolymer composites were investigated in this study. The scanning electron microscopic (SEM) were conducted to provide a thorough insight into the characterization of microstructures. The results reveal that using recycled aggregate has an insignificant impact on workability and setting time, while it causes a reduction in physical and mechanical properties. The inclusion of GGBFS reduces workability and setting time. However, improved physical and mechanical properties can be achieved in the geopolymer composites after the incorporation of GGBFS, and this effect is more prominent in the geopolymer composites containing recycled aggregates. The water absorption and sorptivity exhibit a strong correlation with the volume of permeable voids of geopolymer composites. Besides, very good relationships were established between the compressive strength and other mechanical properties, and these relationships fitted reasonably well with the other predictions.
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