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Synergetic use of lignite fly ash and metallurgical converter slag in geopolymer concrete

Gábor Mucsi 1  ,  
Ádám Rácz 1,  
Roland Szabó 1,  
 
1
University of Miskolc, Institute of Raw Material Preparation and Environmental Processing
2
University of Miskolc, Institute of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering
Mining Science 2014;21:43–55
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The application and utilization of the industrial wastes and by-products in the construction industry is a key issue from an environmental and economic point of view. The increased use of lignite has substantially increased the available quantities of lignite fired power plant fly ash, which can be mainly classified as class C fly ash. The utilization of such raw material however has some difficulties. In the present paper lignite fired power station fly ash and metallurgical converter slag were used for the production of geopolymer concrete. The fly ash was used as a geopolymer based binder material, and a converter slag as aggregate, thus created a geopolymer concrete which contains mainly industrial wastes. As preliminary test experimental series were carried out using andesite as aggregate. The optimal aggregate/binder ratio was determined. The effect of the amount of alkaline activator solution in the binder, the aggregate type on the geopolymer concretes’ compressive strength and density was investigated. Furthermore, the physical properties - freeze-thaw resistance and particle size distribution - of the applied aggregates were measured as well. As a result of the experiments it was found that physical properties of the andesite and converter slag aggregate was close. Therefore andesite can be replaced by converter slag in the concrete mixture. Additionally, geopolymer concrete with nearly 20 MPa compressive strength was produced from class C fly ash and converter slag.
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Gábor Mucsi   
University of Miskolc, Institute of Raw Material Preparation and Environmental Processing, 3515 Miskolc-Egyetemváros, Hungary
 
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