Influence of liquid-binder ratio on the performance of alkali-activated slag mortar with superabsorbent polymer

Zhengxian Yang, Peng Shi, Yong Zhang, Zhenming Li*

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Abstract

The influences of liquid-binder ratio and mixing sequence on the performance of superabsorbent polymer (SAP)-containing alkali-activated slag (AAS) mortar are investigated in this study. It is found that the SAP absorbs much less liquid in upper supernatant of AAS than in water. Mixing SAP with liquid first induces a larger absorption capacity of the SAP than mixing it with solid first. Increasing the liquid-binder ratio improves the flowability but reduces the strength of AAS mortar with SAP. Nonetheless, the strength of internally cured mixtures is higher than that of the reference even with an extra liquid-binder ratio of 0.09. The reason behind lies in the refinement of capillary and gel porosity by internal curing, despite the presence of large voids originated from SAP. The autogenous shrinkage of AAS paste is reduced significantly by the incorporation of SAP but the further mitigating effect of increased liquid-binder ratio is limited.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103934
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Building Engineering
Volume48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Alkali activated slag
  • Compressive strength
  • Liquid-binder ratio
  • Pore structure
  • Superabsorbent polymer

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