Alkali-silica rectivity and activation of ground perlite-containing cementitious mixtures

Ünsal Sağlık, Aslı
Perlite is a volcanic mineral. The latest investigations on ground perlite showed that it is suitable for pozzolanic usage. Thus, it is of vital importance especially for countries rich in perlite such as Turkey. The aim of this study is to investigate the advantages and problems associated with using perlite in concrete and to identify accurate methods and amounts of use for producing durable cementitious mixtures. Within the scope of this study, the alkali-silica reactivity of perlite containing cementitious mixtures were compared using four different methods. Expansion mechanism of the mixtures were tried to be understood by measuring the alkalinity of bath waters. In order to cope with early strength decreases caused by perlite addition, activation of the mixtures by chemical and thermal methods were attempted. It was found that chloride containing chemicals are very effective at later ages and sodium containing chemicals are more effective at early ages. Sodiumhydroxide addition to the perlite containing mixtures was found to be detrimental to both the initial and late-age strengths of mortars. It was concluded that perlite addition generally results in a decrease in alkali-silica expansions. However, the expansion of concrete samples should be investigated comprehensively. Thermal curing at high temperatures resulted in a rapid increase at 1-day strengths, however, for better ultimate strengths lower thermal treatments or no-thermal curing were found to be more effective. Compared to the traditional portland cement concretes, high-volume ground perlite concretes have environmental and economical advantages.
Citation Formats
A. Ünsal Sağlık, “Alkali-silica rectivity and activation of ground perlite-containing cementitious mixtures,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.