Making Better Concrete: Guidelines to Using Fly-Ash for Higher Quality, Eco-Friendly Structures

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Overview

Why a book about concrete? Because we use so much of it — far more than any other building material. It seems only sensible to inquire as to how we can use this ubiquitous building material without undue damage to the life and landscapes that surround us. You may have heard of fly ash as an eco-friendly alternative to using portland cement in concrete, but until now there has been no easy guide to how it makes superior concrete, or to how to use it.

This book isn't just for people who want to "build green" — it's for people who want to build better concrete.

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"Finally, a book on HFA concrete written so that we can all understand it. I will make this required reading by anyone in Tech Services, Operations and Sales."-- Burt Lockwood, Central Concrete Supply

"This is the best and most readable 'how to' guide for using fly ash concrete — highly recommended. Using HFA is a win-win-win solution. It makes better concrete, costs less and has a greater environmental benefit than almost any other primary building material out there."--Scott Shell, Architect, Senior Project Manager, EHDD Architects

"This is an excellent and informative primer on high-performance fly ash concrete. This is a 'win-win' use of a plentiful man-made waste product that generates benefits to clients, engineers and the global environment."--Mason Walters, Structural Engineer, Principal, Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976491101
  • Publisher: Green Building Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2005
  • Pages: 54
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce King, P.E., is a registered structural engineer in private practice in San Rafael, California. He is the author of Design of Straw Bale Buildings: The State of the Art (2006), Making Better Concrete: Guidelines for Using Fly-Ash for Higher Quality, Eco-Friendly Structures (2005), and Buildings of Earth and Straw: Structural Design for Straw Bale and Rammed Earth Architecture (1996). He is founder and director of the nonprofit Ecological Building Network (ecobuildnetwork.org) and co-founder, with his wife Sarah Weller King, of Green Building Press (greenbuildingpress.com). He lives in San Rafael, California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 -- A Short History of Fly Ash and Pozzolans in Concrete
Chapter 2 -- What is Fly Ash? What are Pozzolans?
A. Pozzolans defined by source and standards organizations
Class N, Class C, Class F
Proposed simplified standard:
Loss On Ignition (LOI), Particle Size, and Strength Activity Index
(SAI)
B. Pozzolans defined by reactivity and availability
1. Cementitious and highly active pozzolans
Ground granulated blast furnace slag, aka "slag"
Class C fly ash
2. Highly active pozzolans
Silica fume
Rice Hull Ash (RHA)
Metakaolin
3. Normal pozzolans
Class F (low-calcium) fly ash
Natural pozzolans
4. Weak pozzolans
Industrial by-products
Natural materials
Chapter 3 -- How do Fly Ash and Pozzolans Affect Concrete?
The basic pozzolanic reaction
The transition zone
A. Effects of fly ash on fresh concrete
1. Reduced water demand
2. Reduced bleed water
3. Increased workability and pumpability
4. Continuing slump
B. Effects of fly ash on plastic concrete
1. Extended set times
2. Reduced heat of hydration
3. Reduced plastic shrinkage cracking
C. Effects of fly ash on hardened concrete
1. Slower rate of strength gain
2. Reduced permeability
3. Reduced drying shrinkage
4. Resistance to scaling from deicing salts
Chapter 4 -- Design Considerations
A. Get the whole team on board
B. Call for the concrete performance you really need
C. Design, mix, place, and test trial batches ahead of time
D. Use fly ash to counteract common problems
E. Check for availability of fly ash-and expert help
F. Pay attention during construction
G. Check for exposure to deicing salts
H. Evaluate conditions: a rough guide to how easy or hard it may be to use fly ash in different applications
Chapter 5 -- Construction Considerations
A. Controlling the water content
B. Longer set time
C. Slabs-special considerations
1. less or no bleed water
2. vulnerability to premature drying
3. vulnerability to shrinkage cracking
4. staining and coloring
D. Hot- and cold-weather concrete placement
E. Formwork
F. Use of chemical admixtures
G. Aggregate gradation
H. Pumping high fly ash concrete
I. Health considerations
Chapter 6 -- Why Use Fly Ash?
The big picture

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