Flexural Behaviour of Geopolymer RC Beam with Scrap Steel Slag Coarse Aggregate
Suganya. N1, Thirugnanasambandam. S2
1Suganya. N*, Research Scholar, Department of Civil and Structural Engg., Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India.
2Thirugnanasambandam. S, Professor, Department of Civil and Structural Engg., Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India.

Manuscript received on November 11, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on November 20 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 November, 2019. | PP: 10872-10875 | Volume-8 Issue-4, November 2019. | Retrieval Number: D4406118419/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.D4406.118419

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Abstract: This research work aims adding further sustainability to the cement – less geopolymer concrete by replacing its natural gravel coarse aggregate by an industrial by-product, scrap steel slag. Geopolymer RC beam of grade M40 with 100% scrap steel as coarse aggregate was studied for its flexural behavior and compared with conventional reinforced cement concrete beam with gravel coarse aggregate. The specimens were tested under two-point static loading. The analysis was also carried out using ANSYS software. The study derived that in all stages, the performance of the geopolymer beam with scrap steel slag was marginally better than the conventional beam with gravel coarse aggregate. The ultimate load carrying capacity, deflection, service load and ductility factor of geopolymer RC beam with scrap steel slag coarse aggregate was comparable to the conventional cement concrete RC beam and is marginally higher. It is also found that conventional RC theory can be used in the calculation of moment capacity, deflection and crack width of the geopolymer beam of study and FE modeling and analysis using ANSYS were comparable to the experimental results.
Keywords: Flexural Behavior, Geopolymer Concrete, Scrap Steel Slag Coarse Aggregate, ANSYS.
Scope of the Article: Concrete Engineering.