In this dissertation the effects of different types of Pulverized Fuel Ash (PF A)-types on the workability of cementitious pastes containing relative large amounts of PF A were investigated. The different types of PF A were produced at the same source thus they were chemically similar but differed in terms of average particle size and size distribution (grading). By using a two-point measurement technique based on flow through a J-shaped tube it was possible to detect relative small differences in workability between pastes. It was found and concluded that the different types of PFA had a significant effect on the workability of pastes containing cement and PFA as well as PF A alone. The physical differences between the PF A-types were quantified and their effects on workability investigated. It was concluded that PF A with a broader particle size distribution range produced pastes with higher workability at constant water content. It was found that compressive strength as measured after 28 days were solely a function of the water/cementitious ratio for the curing regime employed. It was concluded that for curing conditions used the type of PF A used could have a significant effect on compressive strength when constant workability is required.
Dissertation (MSc (Transportation))--University of Pretoria, 2006.