The importance of mixture proportioning in sustainable

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The importance of mixture proportioning in sustainable
construction
N.G. Maldonado
National Technological University,Regional Mendoza College, CEREDETEC, Ciudad, Mendoza,
Argentina
P. Helene
Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
ABSTRACT: The trend in concrete technology is to include admixtures and natural or artificial
additions in the mixture proportions of concrete materials. These materials generate changes in the
original base mixture and they have a strong influence on concrete. The challenge to concrete
technologists is to select the best combination among different admixtures and additions which are
being promoted to be used in concretes with special performance. A research program has been carried
out to develop high performance concretes in Mendoza, Argentine, with local materials, as well as to
obtain a better method of mixture proportions to attain strengths in compliance with national codes.
The use of silica fume and a milled residue of a local industry in the mixture proportioning of concretes
is evaluated. This paper emphasizes the need to evaluate industry residues by performance tests. The
results show different performance in fresh state as well as in durability tests.
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