Properties of alkali-activated ground granulated blast furnace slag blended with ferronickel slag

Cao, Ruilin and Li, Baoliang and You, Nanqiao and Zhang, Yamei and Zhang, Zuhua (2018) Properties of alkali-activated ground granulated blast furnace slag blended with ferronickel slag. Construction and Building Materials, 192. 123-132. ISSN 0950-0618


This study aims to investigate the feasibility of using ferronickel slag (FNS) blended with ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) to produce alkali-activated cements (AACs). Sodium silicate (Na2SiO3) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) are used to activate the GGBS/FNS blends with mass ratio varying from 100:0 to 40:60. The setting time, flexural and compressive strengths, autogenous shrinkage and drying shrinkage are investigated to examine the effect of FNS content. The reaction products and pore structure of hardened AACs are characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP). The results show that blending FNS below 40% does not significantly influence the initial and final setting times; however, blending 60% FNS prolongs the setting times and causes a great reduction of mechanical strengths. For the sodium silicate activated AACs, the increase of FNS content in blends results in increased autogenous and drying shrinkage, as well as the total porosity. For the NaOH activated AACs, the autogenous and drying shrinkage are both reduced with the addition of FNS, while the total porosity is increased.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2019 01:50
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 02:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: alkali-activated cements; shrinkage; ferronickel slag; ground granulated blast furnace slag
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.10.112

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