Short communication
Performance assessment of natural pozzolan roller compacted concrete pavements

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Abstract

Concrete pavement is cost effective and beneficial because of its sustainability and durability. The maintenance and renovation periods for such pavement compared to other pavements are relatively long; however, a significant issue with pavements, especially roller compacted concrete pavements (RCCP), is salt scaling which occurs due to saline solutions such as deicer salts. In the present work, the performance of RCC containing a natural pozzolan called Trass, as a supplementary cementitious material, and an air-entraining agent for salt scaling was investigated. Mechanical and durability tests were performed on specimens containing a water to binder ratio of 0.32, with and without Trass, and an air-entraining agent. It was concluded that, Trass could not improve the compressive and tensile strengths, however, the permeability was improved. Moreover, the amount of mass loss due to salt scaling was not decreased. In all concrete mixtures, using a suitable amount of an air-entraining agent to maintain a total air content of 4.5–5% was found to be necessary for producing RCC containing Trass.

Keywords

Roller compacted concrete
Natural pozzolan
Air-entraining agent
Salt scaling
Supplementary cementitious material
Pavements
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