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Effect of PFA on Strength and Water Absorption of Mortar
Gingos,G.S.1,Mohamed Sutan,N.2


Partial replacement of cement by mineral admixtures or pozzolans can possibly improve the durability
of mortar which directly related to its water obsorption.Pulverized Fuel Ash (PFA) is one of the
pozzolans that is locally available.Laboratory studies have been conducted on mortar mixes of 0.3w/c,
0.4w/c and 0.5w/c ratios with 10%, 20% and 30% PFA replacements.Mortar cubes were tested to determine
their water absorption rates and compressive strengths as they mature.Amount of PFA replacements in
the mortar has significant effects on the strength development and water obsorption rate of the mortar.
Results shows that 20% PFA mortars of 0.5w/c ratio is the best mix to reduced rate of water absorption
and achieved higher compressive strength.

Keywords: Mortar,Pulverized Fuel Ash (PFA),Water Absorption Test,Compressive Strength