Examining the Impact of Micro Silica Gel Additive on the Compressive Strength and Water Absorption of Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement

  •  Rouholla Barati    
  •  Seyed Ali Sahaf    
  •  Mehdi Jamshidi    
  •  Alireza Razazpor    


Roller compacted concrete pavement (RCCP) is one of the different types of concrete pavements which is considered as a new developing technology due to its rapid installation. However, RCCP is difficult to install in high thickness; therefore, it is essential to reduce the thickness of pavement while maintaining strength. Flexural strength and fatigue resistance are the most important parameters effective on design of thick pavements. These parameters are directly related to uniaxial compressive strength of concrete. Hence, this study determines and evaluates the compressive strength of 7-day and 28-day specimens. Given the durability of concrete pavements, particularly their penetrability against water, corrosive materials and minerals, the most important parameter is to reduce water absorption of RCCP. In order to increase strength and reduce water absorption of RCCP, different additives as well as a proper mix design can be significantly effective. This study examines the effect of various mix designs and different percentages of micro silica gel on RCCP. The suggested mix design is continuous aggregation and addition of 7% micro silica gel, which increases strength and durability of RCCP.

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