Effect of limestone powder as a partial replacement of crushed quarry sand on properties of self-compacting repair mortars

Benchaa Benabed, Hamza Soualhi, Akram Salah Eddine Belaidi, Lakhdar Azzouz, El Hadj Kadri, Said Kenai


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Self-compacting repair mortars (SCRM) are particularly desired for the rehabilitation and repair of reinforced concrete structures. The properties of SCRM can be improved by using chemical, mineral, polymer and fiber additives. In limestone quarries, considerable quantities of limestone fine powder are obtained during the process of crushing rock. These fine powders are being collected and their utilization is a big problem from the aspects of disposal, environmental pollution and health hazards. The introduction of limestone powder as cement and sand replacement present interesting possibilities to reduce the cement cost production, CO2 emission and the conservation of natural resources. The effects of limestone powder content in crushed sand on the properties of SCRM are not studied. An experimental study was undertaken to find out the effect of limestone powder content on fresh and hardened properties of SCRM. SCRM mixtures were prepared using crushed sand partially replaced with limestone powder at varying percentages up to 30%. Results indicate that the limestone powder as sand replacement significantly improves the fresh and hardened properties of SCRM with a content ranging from 10 to 15%. The use of limestone powder in repair mortar and concrete application would offer technical, economical and environmental advantages for concrete producers.

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