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5 minute Flash. Silica Fume and Fly ash. Mohamed Wagih BU Manager Contractors Sika Qatar. Flash Agenda :. Definition . Specification Standards. Chemical and physical Characteristics. Advantage and Disadvantage of Fly Ash in Fresh and hardened concrete.

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silica fume and fly ash

5 minute Flash

Silica Fume and Fly ash

Mohamed Wagih

BU Manager Contractors

Sika Qatar

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Flash Agenda :

  • Definition .
  • Specification Standards.
  • Chemical and physical Characteristics.
  • Advantage and Disadvantage of Fly Ash in Fresh and hardened concrete.
  • Reaction of Silica Fume in Concrete
    • Physical Contribution.
    • Chemical Contribution.
  • Effect of Silica Fume on fresh concrete and how those effects improve constructability and the final concrete.
  • Effect of Silica Fume on Hardened Concrete and how those effects are used in concrete applications.
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Definition

Silica Fume

Fly Ash

Fly ash is a group of materials that can vary significantly in composition. It is residue left from burning coal, which is collected on an electrostatic precipitator or in a bag house. It mixes with flue gases that result when powdered coal is used to produce electric power.

Very fine non-crystalline silica produced in electric arc furnaces as a by product of the production of elemental silicon or alloys containing silicon-ACI 116R-Grey colored powder similar to Portland cement or some fly ash.

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Fly Ash standards:

    • Class ” F “ is made from burning anthracite and/or bituminous coal .
    • Class “ C “" is produced from lignite or sub bituminous coal. In Canada, there is a further distinction.
    • When the lime content is 8-20 percent, it is classified Cl, and when it is higher, it is class C.
  • Silica Fume ( ASTM C1240 ) :
    • Minimum Silicon Dioxide of 85 %.
    • Maximum Moisture content to 3 % .
    • Maximum loss in ignition to 6 % .
    • The Oversize materials retained on a 45- m ( No.325) sieve to a maximum of 10 %.
    • The maximum variation from average be no more than 5% points .
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Comparison of chemical and physical Characteristics Fly Ash, Silica Fume and Portland cement.

Silica Fume is typically much more reactive, particularly at early ages , because of its higher silicon dioxide content and because of its very small particle size .

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Advantages of Fly Ash :

Cost of fly ash

Fly ash typically costs approximately 1/2 to 1/3 that of Portland cement as delivered, assuming a suitable means of batching is already in place.

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Disadvantages of Fly Ash :

  • Poor-quality fly ash can have a negative effect on concrete (increase permeability ).
  • Some concrete will set slowly when fly ash is used. Though this might be perceived as a disadvantage, it can actually be a benefit by reducing thermal stress .
  • Freeze-thaw durability may not be acceptable with the use of fly ash in concrete.
  • High-carbon fly ash materials tend to use more water and darken the concrete as well.
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Reaction of Silica fume in Concrete :

The benefit seen from adding Silica Fume are the result of changes to the microstructure of the concrete.

Chemical Contribution

Physical Contribution

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Physical Contribution :

  • Adding Silica Fume brings millions and millions of very small particles to concrete mixture.
  • Just like fine aggregates fills in the spaces between coarse aggregate particles, Silica Fume fills in the spaces between cement grains.
  • This phenomenon is frequently referred to as particle packing or micro-filling .

Even if Silica Fume didn’t react chemically, the micro-filler effect would bring about significant improvement in the nature of the concrete .

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Chemical Contribution :

  • It is a very high amorphous silicon dioxide content because of that silica fume is a very reactive Pozzolanic material in concrete.
  • As the Portland Cement in concrete begins to react chemically it releases Calcium hydroxide.
  • The Silica Fume reacts with this Calcium hydroxide to form additional binder material called Calcium Silicate hydrate , which is very similar to the Calcium hydrate formed from the Portland cement .
  • It is largely this additional binder that gives silica-fume concrete its improved hardened properties.
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Effect of Silica Fume on fresh concrete and how those effects improve constructability and the final concrete.

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Effect of Silica Fume on Hardened Concrete and how those effects are used in concrete applications.

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By: Eng.:Mohamed Wagih

Business Unit Contractors Manager Sika Gulf B.S.C - Qatar Division

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