Hardened properties of self-consolidating high performance concrete including rice husk ash

This paper mainly presents the key hardened properties of self-consolidating high performance concrete (SCHPC). Various SCHPCs were produced with different water/binder (W/B) ratios, rice husk ash (RHA) contents, and air contents. The required filling ability and air content were achieved in all freshly mixed SCHPCs. The hardened SCHPCs were tested for compressive strength, ultrasonic pulse velocity, water absorption, total porosity, and true electrical resistivity. The effects of W/B ratio, RHA content, and air content on these hardened properties were observed. Test results revealed that the compressive strength, ultrasonic pulse velocity, and electrical resistivity increased whereas the water absorption and total porosity decreased with lower W/B ratio and higher RHA content. In addition, the air content decreased the compressive strength, ultrasonic pulse velocity, water absorption, and total porosity but increased the electrical resistivity. Based on the overall effects of rice husk ash, the optimum RHA content for SCHPC has been defined.