Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 1, No 5 (2009)

Impact of Pigments on Self-Compacting Concrete

Ernestas Ivanauskas
Donatas Grigonis


We describe an impact of using iron oxide pigment on self-compacting concrete (SCC) properties. We have experimented with adding portions of iron oxide pigment from 3 % to 6 % into cement paste. A few alternative pigments (chromic oxide and iron oxide hydroxide) were used for performing the same experiments. The impact of these pigments on a normal cement paste is described in this paper. We demonstrate that iron oxide pigment reduces the need for water in a normal cement paste. However, adding the pigment also reduces the compressive strength of concrete up to 20 %. The concrete specimens were tested in various time spans, i.e. 1 day to 28 days, by keeping them in 20 ± 2 ºC water – normal consolidation regimen. Some of the specimens were processed in steam chamber, at 60 ºC in order to make the process of the cement hydration faster, as well as to estimate an impact of active SiO2 proportion in ash on SCC properties. We show that using iron oxide pigment for SCC mixture increases the slump-flow property of concrete mix up to 5 %. Experiments with solidified concrete have demonstrated that iron oxide diminishes water absorption up to 6 % and decreases open concrete porosity that makes concrete resistant against freezing. 

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Article in: English

Article published: 2011-04-13

Keyword(s): self-compacting concrete; pigments; porosity; surface quality; slump-flow

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2009.5.02

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Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis ISSN 2029-2341, eISSN 2029-2252
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