FLEXURAL BEHAVIOR OF HIGH STRENGTH GEO-POLYMER CONCRETE BEAMS
The demand for concrete is increasing day by day. As the consumption of cement is increased, environmental issues arise due to the release of CO2 during the manufacturing of cement. The objective of this research work is to produce a pollution free concrete with a combination of fly ash and GGBS (Ground granulated blast furnace slag) and without the use of cement. In this paper an attempt was made to study the mechanical properties of high strength geo-polymer concrete of grade M60 using GGBS,
... de M60 using GGBS, fly ash and micro silica. The testing program was planned for the mechanical properties of geo-polymer concrete and flexural behavior of corresponding beams. The experimental results indicated that the geo-polymer concrete M60 grade has a compressive strength of 70.45 MPa at the age of 28 days cured at ambient condition. Further, flexural strength and split tensile strengths for M60 grade high strength geo-polymer concrete at 28 days were observed to be 5.45 MPa and 3.63 MPa respectively. The modulus of elasticity was higher than the theoretical value proposed by IS 456-2000. It was also observed that the load carrying capacity of M60 grade high strength geo-polymer concrete found to be more than corresponding grade conventional concrete. The load-deflection, moment-curvature relationships were studied. The experimental results were encouraging to continue for further research in the area high strength geo-polymer concrete.