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Grinding Kinetics of Slag and Effect of Final Particle Size on the Compressive Strength of Alkali Activated Materials

Version 1 : Received: 21 October 2019 / Approved: 22 October 2019 / Online: 22 October 2019 (15:49:42 CEST)

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Petrakis, E.; Karmali, V.; Bartzas, G.; Komnitsas, K. Grinding Kinetics of Slag and Effect of Final Particle Size on the Compressive Strength of Alkali Activated Materials. Minerals 2019, 9, 714. Petrakis, E.; Karmali, V.; Bartzas, G.; Komnitsas, K. Grinding Kinetics of Slag and Effect of Final Particle Size on the Compressive Strength of Alkali Activated Materials. Minerals 2019, 9, 714.

Journal reference: Minerals 2019, 9, 714
DOI: 10.3390/min9110714

Abstract

This study aims to model grinding of a Polish slag and evaluate the particle size distributions of the products obtained after different grinding times. Then, selected products were alkali activated in order to investigate the effect of particle size on the compressive strength of the produced alkali activated materials (AAMs). Other parameters affecting alkali activation, i.e. temperature, curing and ageing time were also examined. Among the different mathematical models used to simulate the particle size distribution, Rosin-Rammler (RR) was found to be the most suitable. When piecewise regression analysis was applied to experimental data it was found that the particle size distribution of the slag products exhibits multi fractal character. In addition, grinding of slag exhibits non-first-order behavior and the reduction rate of each size is time dependent. The grinding rate and consequently the grinding efficiency increases when the particle size increases, but drops sharply near zero after prolonged grinding periods. Regarding alkali activation, it is deduced that among the parameters studied, particle size (and the respective specific surface area) of the raw slag product and curing temperature have the most noticeable impact on the compressive strength of the produced AAMs.

Subject Areas

particle size distribution; grinding kinetics; slag; alkali activated materials; compressive strength

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