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Use of perlite as a pozzolanic addition in blended cement production

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2004
Meral, Çağla
Perlite is a volcanic glass which has high amount of silica and alumina. Those properties make it a candidate, if finely ground, for being used as a pozzolan. The studies on the pozzolanic properties of perlite are very limited, and none of them has dealt with the use of perlite in the blended cement production. The aim of this study is to investigate the pozzolanic properties of perlite, and if appropriate to investigate perlite̕s usability in blended cement production. For this purpose, perlites from two different sources ا Izmir and Erzincan - are used as replacement of portland cement clinker with two different percentages: 20% and 30% by weight of total cement. Then for each different composition, materials are ground with some gypsum in order obtain grinding curves for the resultant cements. After obtaining the grinding curves, a total of 22 cements with two different finenesses are produced by intergrinding and separately grinding the materials for each composition. The obtained cements are used in paste and mortar production so that normal consistencies, setting times, autoclave expansions, and compressive strengths are determined.