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Effect of replacement of silica fume with calcined clay on the hydration and microstructural development of eco-UHPFRC

In this paper, the replacement of high cost silica fume with calcined clay was investigated in UHPFRC mixes. The impact of two grades of calcined clay on the hydration and microstructural development of UHPFRC matrices was investigated, where 54% of the cement by volume has already been replaced by a limestone with similar PSD. It was seen that comparable mixes were obtained when silica fume was replaced with calcined clay by volume. The experimental results revealed a competition for water between the cement hydration and pozzolanic reaction of kaolinite to form more AFt and AFm phases, which affected the compressive strength development of the UHPFRC matrices. This competition is more pronounced in mixes where the kaolinite content increases in the calcined clay. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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