Conferencia Internacional de Producción y Uso Sostenible del Cemento y Hormigón

Conferencia Internacional de Producción y Uso Sostenible del Cemento y Hormigón

The Effect of Various Superplasticizers on Ultra High Strength Concrete

Ultra-High Strength Concrete (UHSC) is a high-strength and highly ductile material formulated to provide compressive strengths exceeding 130MPa. UHSC materials typically have a very low water-to-cementitious ratio (w/cm), which requires the use of superplasticizers, also known as High Range Water Reducing Admixtures (HRWRA), to disperse the fine particles and to make the material workable for placing, handling and consolidating. Common examples of superplasticizer compositions include Polynaphthalene Sulfonate (PNS), Polymelamine Sulfonate (PMS) and Polycarboxylate Ether (PCE) based polymers. This study focuses on assessing the impact of various superplasticizers on the performance of UHSC. Four different types of superplasticizers were used; two different PCE based superplasticizers from a leading manufacturer, one PNS superplasticizer, and one PCE superplasticizer, both of which were provided by a local chemical provider. Specific properties assessed were the superplasticizers’ viscosity, concrete workability through the mortar-spread test, and 7, 14, and 28 day compressive strengths. Two mixtures were produced with two w/cm (0.20 and 0.15), which would subsequently increase the amount of HRWRA needed, from 34.7L/m3 to 44.5L/m3. The results show that both name bland PCE superplasticizers produce a higher spread and a higher compressive strength at all ages tested up to 28 days than the two local superplasticizers. Additionally, the rheology test demonstrated that the name brand PCE superplasticizers had a lower viscosity at all angular speeds than the local superplasticizers counterparts.

Ultra-High Strength Concrete (UHSC) is a high-strength and highly ductile material formulated to provide compressive strengths exceeding 130MPa. UHSC materials typically have a very low water-to-cementitious ratio (w/cm), which requires the use of superplasticizers, also known as High Range Water Reducing Admixtures (HRWRA), to disperse the fine particles and to make the material workable for placing, handling and consolidating. Common examples of superplasticizer compositions include Polynaphthalene Sulfonate (PNS), Polymelamine Sulfonate (PMS) and Polycarboxylate Ether (PCE) based polymers. This study focuses on assessing the impact of various superplasticizers on the performance of UHSC. Four different types of superplasticizers were used; two different PCE based superplasticizers from a leading manufacturer, one PNS superplasticizer, and one PCE superplasticizer, both of which were provided by a local chemical provider. Specific properties assessed were the superplasticizers’ viscosity, concrete workability through the mortar-spread test, and 7, 14, and 28 day compressive strengths. Two mixtures were produced with two w/cm (0.20 and 0.15), which would subsequently increase the amount of HRWRA needed, from 34.7L/m3 to 44.5L/m3. The results show that both name bland PCE superplasticizers produce a higher spread and a higher compressive strength at all ages tested up to 28 days than the two local superplasticizers. Additionally, the rheology test demonstrated that the name brand PCE superplasticizers had a lower viscosity at all angular speeds than the local superplasticizers counterparts.

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Anthony Torres

Anthony Torres

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30 minutos
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Autores
Srinivas Allena
Federico Aguayo
Michael Ellis
Palabras clave
HRWRA
High Strength Concrete
Strength
Superplasticizer