Effect of Modifying Additives on Mechanical Properties of Refractory Concrete

  • Regina KALPOKAITE-DICKUVIENE Lithuanian Energy Institute
  • Kristina BRINKIENE Lithuanian Energy Institute
  • Algis MAKSTYS Lithuanian Energy Institute
  • Jurate CESNIENE Lithuanian Energy Institute
  • Violeta MATULIONIENE Lithuanian Energy Institute
Keywords: fibre, silica, refractory, concrete, cement, compressive strength, flexural strength, high temperature


This experimental study presents the results of the combined effect of micro fibre and micro silica content on physical and mechanical properties of refractory concrete after exposure to high temperatures. A complex binder together with firestone aggregates was used for production of refractory concrete, which was reinforced simultaneously with micro fibre (1 wt % and 3 wt %) and micro silica (1.5 wt %, 3.5 wt % and 5 wt %). Unmodified concrete was produced as well. The results show that simultaneous modification with micro silica and micro fibre improves the flexural strength of the refractory concrete at all the temperatures investigated: 100 °C, 600 °C, 800 °C and 1000 °C. Contrary, the advantage of reinforcing agents on cold crushing strength of concrete was observed above 800 °C. It was determined that the mechanical strength of the refractory concrete increases with the increasing content of micro silica and reduces with the increasing content of micro fibre.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.3.2442