Comparative analysis of performance of portland cement blended with nanosilica and silica fume
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SummaryIn this paper some physical properties of Colombian Portland cement type III replaced with nanosilica in percentages of 1, 3, 5 and 10% were evaluated. Main determined properties were fluidity, normal consistency, setting times, heat of hydration and compressive strength on pastes and mortars. It was made also a comparative analysis with samples substituted with commercial silica fume in percentages of 5, 10 and 15%. Results showed that the nanosilica from 5% beginning to have a major positive influence on the mechanical strength of mortars and with a 10% of substitution improvements in compressive strength up to 120% with respect to the control sample for one day of curing can be achieved. For longer curing time the improvement is decreased slightly, with near 80%, remaining this improvement in strength after 28 days of curing.
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