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Waste Glass Powder as Cement Replacement in Concrete

Hongjian Du, Kiang Hwee Tan

Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, volume 12 ( 2014 ), pp. 468-477

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Scientific paper

Waste Glass Powder as Cement Replacement in Concrete

Hongjian Du1* and Kiang Hwee Tan2

Received 25 August 2014, accepted 2 November 2014 doi:10.3151/jact.12.468

The pozzolanic reactivity of waste glass powder was experimentally studied at cement replacement levels of 0, 15, 30,
45 and 60% by weight. Results revealed that the concrete compressive strength was not decreased by the cement substi-
tution after 28 days because of the pozzolanic reaction between glass powders and cement hydration products, if the
replacement is below 30%. Also, the resistance to chloride ion and water penetration continuously increases with in-
creasing glass powder content up to 60% cement replacement. At 60% replacement level, the electrical resistivity and
water penetration depth were reduced by 95% and 80%, respectively, while the compressive strength was maintained as
85%. These improvements in durability properties are due to the refined microstructures, particularly at the interfacial
transition zone. Pore size distribution was measured to confirm the refinement in the capillary pores, which partially
block the pathways for water and chloride ions. This study also demonstrates that high performance concrete (improved
strength and impermeability against chloride and water) could be achieved by using glass powder as 15% additive,
which contributes to the pozzolanic reaction instead of being inert fines for compact packing.

1. Introduction pansion in mortar containing glass particle as fine ag-

gregates would be negligible provided that the glass
Due to the awareness on the need for environmental particles were smaller than 0.3 mm. This finding is con-
protection, turning solid wastes or by-products into in- sistent with the threshold particle size of 0.3 mm as re-
gredients of concrete has drawn increasing attention. ported by Shayan and Xu (2004) and Rajabipour et al.
Apart from material and energy conservation, reuse of (2010).
some solid wastes could result in better performances of Some studies have been conducted to characterize the
concrete in several areas. For example, use of waste pozzolanic activity of finely ground GP in concrete
glass as fine aggregates provides concrete with higher (Shao et al. 2000; Dyer and Dhir 2001; Shi et al. 2005;
resistance to chloride penetration (Ling et al. 2011; Tan Neithalath 2008; Schwarz et al. 2008; Jain and Neitha-
and Du 2013; Du and Tan 2014a). Fine glass particles lath 2010; Matos and Sousa-Coutinho 2012; Khmiri et
(smaller than 75 µm) can exhibit pozzolanic reactivity, al. 2013; Carsana et al. 2014; Kim et al. 2014; Mirza-
thereby improving the microstructure of paste and the hosseiniand and Riding 2014; Du and Tan 2014c). De-
strength and durability of concrete in the long term pending on its fineness, GP would generally exhibit
(Wright et al. 2014; Du and Tan 2014a). The amorphous pozzolanic reaction at a slower rate compared with the
silica in the glass would dissolve in an alkaline envi- cement hydration. Thus, the replacement of cement by
ronment such as due to OH- ions in the pore solution of GP might decrease strength at an early age but would
cement paste. Thereafter, it could react with calcium increase it at a later age. Most of the previous research
hydroxide (CH) to form secondary calcium silicate hy- works emphasized on the pozzolanic reaction of GP on
drate (C-S-H), a process known as pozzolanic reaction the mechanical characteristics of mortar/concrete with a
which can be expressed by CH + S + H → C-S-H. Pre- fixed glass powder to the binder ratio. Shao et al. (2000)
vious literature shows that the pozzolanic reactivity of found that concrete with 30% glass powder finer than
glass particle increases due to the larger surface area 38 µm did not exhibit higher compressive strength until
available for the reaction (Shayan and Xu 2004; Du and after 90 days of curing. Shi et al. (2005) also observed
Tan 2014b). At the same time, with finely ground glass that mortar with 20% glass powder could give a higher
powder (GP), no alkali-silica reaction has been observed compressive strength from 28 days onwards, provided
(Jin et al. 2000). According to the authors’ previous that glass powders are close to or smaller than Portland
work (Du and Tan 2013; Du and Tan 2014b), ASR ex- cement in size. A similar conclusion has been recently
reported by Khmiri et al. (2013). Shayan and Xu (2004)
reported that the use of glass powder (smaller than 10
Research Fellow, Department of Civil and Environ- µm) as cement replacement up to 40% can reduce the
mental Engineering, National University of Singapore, ASR expansion for concrete. However, all the concrete
Singapore. mixes with cement partially replaced by GP showed
*Corresponding author, E-mail: continuously reduced compressive strength. Also, the
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental influence of GP as a supplementary cementitious mate-
Engineering, National University of Singapore, rial on the hydration and the microstructure of paste has
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rarely been reported (Shi et al. 2005). They found that Table 1 Chemical compositions of OPC and glass
curing temperature have a more obvious accelerating powder.
effect on the pozzolanic reactivity of glass powder than Composition, % OPC Glass powder
on that of fly ash. Both the hydration and pozzolanic SiO2 20.8 72.08
reaction greatly govern the structure formation and Al2O3 4.6 2.19
hence all properties like strength development and du- Fe2O3 2.8 0.22
rability. CaO 65.4 10.45
As reviewed above, the properties of concrete with MgO 1.3 0.72
glass powder as cement replacement in higher propor- SO3 2.2 —
Na2O 0.31 13.71
tion remains an unexplored area. Therefore, this re-
K2O 0.44 0.16
search aims to study the pozzolanic reaction of GP up to
TiO2 — 0.1
60% cement replacement and its influence on the micro-
Cr2O3 — 0.01
structure of cement paste, which has not been investi-
gated before. The hydration rate and rheological proper- Table 2 Mix proportion of concrete with different glass
ties of paste were also characterized. The chemical powder replacement levels.
composition and calcium hydroxide content of the hy- Content, kg/m3
drated products were analyzed at different ages. Also, Mix No. Glass Coarse
Water Cement Sand
the microstructure development of cement paste was Powder aggregate
determined by measuring the pore size distribution. At OPC 185 380 0 960 825
the same time, the compressive strength and resistance 15GP 185 323 57 955 825
to chloride and water penetration were investigated for 30GP 185 266 114 947 825
concrete with the same cement replacement levels as the 45GP 185 209 171 940 825
60GP 185 152 228 933 825
paste. The influence of pozzolanic reaction on the tran-
OPC+15GP 185 380 57 907 825
sition zone between aggregate particles and cement
paste is discussed. Based on the results, the optimum
cement replacement content by glass powder is sug- GP is amorphous and its X-ray diffraction (XRD) pat-
gested. tern is compared with OPC in Fig. 3. GP has a negligi-
ble water absorption capacity of 0.07%. Coarse aggre-
2. Experimental program gate with a maximum size of 10 mm was used in con-
crete. The fineness modulus of natural sand was 2.80.
2.1 Materials
The crushing process of recycled waste glass can be 2.2 Specimens
found in the authors’ previous work (Tan and Du 2013; The microstructure of cement paste with various con-
Du and Tan 2014a, 2014b). Waste bear bottles (soda tents of GP was investigated. The water to cement (w/c)
lime glass) were collected from a local recycler in Sin- ratio for the paste is 0.485 by weight. The mix propor-
gapore. To finely grind the sand-sized particles, a ball tion for concrete is listed in Table 2. Cement was re-
miller was used. The size distributions of ground GP placed by GP at 0, 15, 30, 45 and 60% by weight. An
and cement used in this study are shown in Fig. 1. Both additional mix (OPC+15GP) was cast in which the GP
cement and GP show the same median particle size of was used as an additive, instead of replacing cement at a
around 10 µm. The chemical compositions of GP and content of 15%. Compared to the use of cement re-
OPC are displayed in Table 1. The specific gravities of placement, the addition of GP in this mix leads to a
cement and GP are 3.15 and 2.53, respectively. The sur- lower water-to-binder (w/b) ratio of 0.42. This could
face appearance of GP and OPC are compared in Fig. 2. help examine the utilization of GP as additive in high
performance cementitious composites. For each paste
mix, three 50 mm cube specimens were prepared. For
each concrete mix, nine 100 mm cubes and five
Φ100×200 mm cylinders were cast for compressive
Percentage passed, %

strength and durability tests, respectively. Paste and

concrete were mixed in Hobart and pan mixers respec-
60 tively. All the specimens were compacted on a vibration
table and covered by plastic sheets to prevent moisture
40 loss. After demolding on the next day, the paste speci-
mens were cured in saturated lime water and concrete
20 samples were cured in water until the test age. The cur-
OPC ing method for paste is following ASTM C 109 (2005)
Glass powder
0 to prevent calcium leaching and curing method for con-
0.1 1 10 100 crete specimens is following ASTM C 39 (2005).
Size, μm
Fig. 1 Particle size distribution of OPC and glass powder.
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(a) OPC particles.

(b) Finely ground glass powder.

Fig. 2 Particle morphologies using SEM.

A=alite, C3S

B=belite, C2S
Alu=aluminate, C3A

F=ferrite, C4AF


G=gypsum, CaSO4
P: Periclase, MgO












10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50

Fig. 3 XRD patterns for OPC and GP.

2.3 Test methods before testing, at the age of 7 and 91 days. Micromerit-
The rheological properties of cement paste containing ics AutoPore III with a maximum mercury pressure of
GP were determined by a coaxial-cylinder viscometer 412.5 MPa was used to measure the pore size distribu-
named RotoVisco 1. After mixing the cement paste in tion. For XRD and TGA analyses, paste samples were
the Hobart mixer for about 3 minutes, a sample weigh- cured in 105 ˚C oven for 24 hours and then finely
ing about 150 g was taken out and placed in the outer ground to be less than 75 µm. Shimadzu XRD-6000
cylinder of the viscometer, followed by inserting the diffractometer was employed to qualitatively determine
inner cylinder immediately. The sensor then started to the influence of GP on the chemical composition of the
rotate at different shear rate while the torque was re- hydrated production. The XRD scan was between 10˚
corded. Isothermal calorimetry was performed on tripli- and 60˚ with a speed of 0.5˚/min. TGA was carried out
cate paste samples by using an eight-channel microcalo- using LINSEIS L81-II. The powder sample was heated
rimeter (TAM AIR). from ambient temperature up to 950˚C at a rate of
Paste samples were taken from the center of 50 mm 10˚C/min while the weight loss was recorded during the
cube specimens for the purpose of mercury intrusion TGA test. The content of CH could be obtained from
porosimetry (MIP), XRD and thermogravimetric analy- two different intervals in the weight loss curve, corre-
sis (TGA). For MIP test, paste samples (around 1 cm in sponding to the decomposition of Portlandite and calcite,
cubic shape) were dried in dessicator at 50 ˚C for 1 day respectively.
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For concrete specimens, compressive strength and τ = τ 0 + μγ (1)

rapid chloride penetration test (RCPT) were carried out
according to BS EN 12390-3 (2009) and ASTM C 1202 The values of τ0 and µ for pastes with various GP
(2005), respectively. RCPT is commonly criticized for contents are displayed in Fig. 4(b). Both the yield stress
its drawbacks including temperature rise due to the ap- (τ0) and viscosity (µ) decrease with higher cement re-
plied high voltage of 60 V (McGrath and Hooton 1999). placement level. Yield stress indicates the minimal
Thus, a reduced voltage of 20 V was applied for 24 strength to make the mixture flowable. The reduced
hours, to minimize the side effects of RCPT. At 28 days, yield stress implies that the inter force between cement
water penetration depth into concrete was determined and glass particles is less than that between cement and
using a water pressure of about 0.75 MPa for 7 days, in cement particles. With increasing GP contents, the parti-
accordance to BS EN 12390-8 (2009). The side and top cle density of cement is diluted and hence lesser interac-
surfaces were both coated with impermeable epoxy tion between cement and water, leading to a smaller
while the bottom surface was exposed to the water pres- yield stress and plastic viscosity. This could also be due
sure. After removed from the test rig, the concrete cyl- to the negligible water absorption and the smooth sur-
inders were axially split and the average depth water face of GP (as shown in Fig. 2). Previous studies also
front measured. indicate that the bond between cement paste and fine
glass particles was decreased due to the surface smooth-
3. Test results and discussion ness of glass powder (Taha and Nounu 2009; Ali and
Al-Tersawy 2012).
3.1 Rheological properties In this study, the cement has been replaced by weight
The shear stress (τ) was recorded with shear rate ( γ ) instead of by volume. As the specific gravity of glass
decreasing from 50 to 0.5 s-1 during the descending power is lower than cement, the solid-to-water ratio by
branch of the test loop. Test results are shown in Fig. volume is higher for GP blended paste compared with
4(a). Yield stress (τ0) and plastic viscosity (µ) of fresh pure cement paste. However, this adverse effect at a
cement paste are linearly related using Bingham model higher solid-to-water volume ratio is less pronounced
(Mindess et al. 2003). compared to the dilution of cement and smooth glass
surface, as mentioned earlier. The continuously de-
100 creased yield stress and plastic viscosity represent a
OPC better workability of paste mixture with higher content
30GP of GP. It is also noted that both the yield stress and vis-
cosity increase substantially for the mix with 15% addi-
Shear stress, τ (Pa)

OPC+15GP μ tional GP, attributed to the increased amount of solid-to-
1 water ratio.

40 3.2 Heat of hydration

The heat evolution rate and cumulative amount of heat
20 for pastes with varying contents of GP are shown in Fig.
5. It is clear that the maximum heat evolution rate and
0 the total heat generated reduced continuously with
0 10 20 30 40 50 higher OPC replacement level because of the dilution of
Rate of shear, γ (1/s) cement and the slower rate of pozzolanic reaction of GP.
(a) Relationship between shear stress and shear rate for cement The results in this study are consistent with previous
paste with varying contents of glass powder. findings (Dyer and Dhir 2001; Mirzahosseini and Rid-
ing 2014). The benefit of lower hydration heat is helpful
30 1.5
in preventing the temperature cracking, especially for
Shear yield stress, τ0 (Pa)

Plastic viscosity, μ (Pa•s)

25 structure members with large thickness and mass con-

1.2 crete.
20 In the presence of GP, the time to reach the peak hy-
0.9 dration rate is shortened, possibly because fine glass
15 powders can accelerate the cement hydration via the
0.6 adsorption of calcium ions from the liquid phase and
10 play as nucleation and growth sites for C-S-H and other
μ 0.3 hydrates. At the same time, the high content of alkalis
(Na2O) in GP may act as catalyst in the formation of
0 0.0 calcium silica hydrate at an early age (Jawed et al.
0 15 30 45 60 15%
75Addition 1978; Khmiri et al. 2013). The time corresponding to
GP content, % the peak rate reduces from 418 minutes for OPC paste
(b) Glass powder effect on the rheological parameters. to 377 minutes for paste with 60% glass powder paste.
Fig. 4 Test results of rheological properties of paste.
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Rate of heat evolution, mW/g (a) OPC 300 (b) OPC
5 15GP

Cumulative heat, J/g

30GP 250 15GP
45GP OPC+15GP 30GP
4 60GP
200 45GP
3 150 60GP

2 100

1 50

0 0
0 12 24 36 48 60 72 0 12 24 36 48 60 72
Time, h Time, h
Fig. 5 (a) Rate of heat evolution, and (b) cumulative heat of cement paste with various replacement levels with glass

(a) 60% glass powder in which the CH seems to be insuffi-

91-day cient for glass powder to be fully reacted.
3.4 Ca(OH)2 content
28-day The CH content was calculated from the TG and DTG

curves, as illustrated in Fig. 7(a). Derivative curve was



7-day used to find the beginning and the end of the derivative
10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 peak and measure the weight loss correspondingly (Ko-
2θ caba 2009). In the temperature range of about 425 and
(b) 550 ˚C, the amount of CH can be calculated by deter-
91-day mining the water loss during the CH decomposition:
Ca(OH)2→CaO+H2O. Also, the influence of carbona-
28-day tion on the CH content could be evaluated by the mass
loss in the temperature range of 650 and 800 ˚C, where


the calcite decomposes and release CO2:



CaCO3→CaO+CO2. Hence, the content of CH was cal-
10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50

culated taking into account molecular weight of each
component and were calculated as percentage of the dry
(c) weight at 105 ˚C.
As shown in Fig. 7(b), the CH content in the refer-
ence OPC paste remained at above 20% of the total
28-day weight after 28 days of curing, which is similar to pre-
vious findings (Jawed et al. 1978). With higher cement




substitution level, the CH content drops, especially at




10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 later age such as 91 days. At the beginning, the reduc-

2θ tion is caused by the dilution of Portland cement in the
Fig. 6 XRD patterns of cement paste with different con- total cementitious material content. With longer curing
tents of glass: (a) OPC, (b) 30GP and (c) 60GP. and hydration time of 28 days, more CH is consumed in
the pozzolanic reaction of glass powder. The initial per-
3.3 XRD centage drop in CH content was higher for 30% GP
The XRD patterns for paste with glass powder at age of paste than in 60% GP paste. After 28 days, the reduction
7, 28 and 91 days are shown in Fig. 6. The compositions in CH content slowed down for 30% glass powder paste
of the hydration product for Portland cement paste are and stabilized at about 11%, indicating the pozzolanic
C-S-H and CH and their principal peaks do not change reaction was almost completed. In contrast, the CH con-
from 7 to 91 days. CH peaks tend to be weakened with tent in 60% GP paste continued to drop and was less
increasing glass powder and longer curing time, espe- than 4% at 91 days. This depletion in CH reveals that
cially for 60% glass powder paste at 91 days in which 60% might be the maximum practical glass powder con-
the CH peaks almost disappear. The XRD results di- tent since the CH content is insufficient for the further
rectly reveal that CH is consumed to form the additional pozzolanic reaction of glass powder. Dyer and Dhir
C-S-H in paste with glass powders. (2001) has reported that the amount of CH continuously
At 91 days, peaks corresponding to CH can be obvi- decreased with increasing GP replacement up to 40%, at
ously seen for OPC and 30GP paste, which means that the age of 28 days, but no information for higher GP
CH remains even after 91 days of pozzolanic reaction replacement.
with glass powder. However, it is not true for paste with
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100 0.00 25

95 OPC

DTG, dm/dT (mg/°C)

TG weight loss, %


% Ca(OH)2
85 -0.04 15
Portlandite 30GP
80 -0.06 10
75 Calcite
-0.08 60GP
(a) (b)
65 -0.10 0
200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 0 7 28 56
91 84 91
Temperature, °C Curing time, days
Fig. 7 (a) TG and DTG curves for OPC paste at 28-day and (b) Portlandite content at different ages.

3.5 Microstructure 100

The pore size distribution of cement paste containing 7-day
glass powder at 7 and 91 days are shown in Fig. 8, from
which the change in the microstructure of paste can be 60

% of total intrusion volume

seen clearly particularly for paste with 30 and 60% glass
powder. The pore structures become more refined, as 40
indicated by the reduced threshold and critical pore di-
ameter, as well as the higher fraction of the micro-pores. 20
For paste with 60% glass powder, the threshold and
critical pore diameter was reduced from 488 and 140 100
nm at 7 days to 139 and 74 nm at 91 days, respectively. 90-day
Moreover, the volume fraction of capillary pores (10 µm 80
– 50 nm) in the total porosity (10 µm – 3.7 nm) was
lowered from 44.6% at 7 days to 30.7% at 91 days. Ac-
cording to Mindess et al. (2003), it is the capillary pores 40 30GP
that govern the permeability and diffusivity of paste. 60GP
Thus the MIP results reveal that the permeability of high 20
volume glass powder paste is likely to be reduced. Poz-
zolanic reaction between glass powder and CH is a 0
1E-3 0.01 0.1 1 10 100
slower chemical process compared with OPC hydration. Pore size, μm
Since glass powder is inert in the initial stage, the effec-
Fig. 8 MIP curves for paste containing different contents
tive w/c ratio is actually higher than that of the OPC
of glass powder at 7 and 91 days.
paste. This results in a more porous microstructure for
mix with glass powder as OPC replacement. However, 70
at later age, most of the glass powders in 30GP and part
Compressive strength, MPa

of it in 60 GP mix have reacted with lime to form the 60

secondary C-S-H. The pore structures are almost identi- 91-day
cal for each paste mix, regardless of glass powder con-
tent at 91 days. 40
3.6 Compressive strength of concrete
The compressive strengths of concrete with varying 20
contents of GP, at different ages, are shown in Fig. 9. At
7 days, the strength generally decreases with GP content 10
more than 15%. However, at 28 and 91 days, no reduc- 0
tion in strength was observed for concrete with 15 and 0 15 30 45 60 15%
30% GP, due to the pozzolanic reaction between GP and GP content, %
cement hydration products. Instead, concrete with 15 Fig. 9 Compressive strength of concrete with glass pow-
and 30% GP possessed higher compressive strengths. ders at different ages.
This increase in later age strength was not observed for
concrete in which more than 30% cement is replaced by content. Therefore, there is an upper limit for cement
GP. The pozzolanic reaction requires the hydration replacement level, beyond which no further pozzolanic
products, CH, whose amount is governed by the cement reaction of GP can occur. In that case, GP can only play
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the role of inert filler without being activated. The re- With longer curing time, all the concrete mixtures ex-
sults in this study indicate that GP will exhibit obvious hibited reduction in the total charge passed due to the
pozzolanic reaction provided that the replacement level further hydration of OPC. The reduction caused by glass
is lower than 30%. Mix of OPC+15GP exhibited much powder became more distinct, especially for OPC re-
higher increase in compressive strength, that is 32%, placement between 15 and 45%. This further reduction
25% and 24% at 7, 28 and 91 days, respectively. It is attributed to the pozzolanic reaction between GP and
would be readily for the added fine GP to react as poz- cement paste, resulting in a more refined microstructure
zolans instead of being inert fillers. of secondary C-S-H especially at the ITZ as well as a
The pozzolanic reaction improves not only the pore lower concentration of ions. Glass powder has a similar
structure in the bulk cement paste but also at the interfa- effect on the RCPT result whether it adds to or replaces
cial transition zone (ITZ) between coarse aggregates OPC as cementitious material, particularly in the long
and cement paste. This ITZ governs the mechanical and term. At an early age, concrete mix with 15% GP addi-
transport properties of concrete since it is more porous tion has a higher resistance possibly because of the hy-
compared to the bulk paste. CH content is also relatively dration acceleration effect of GP, as discussed earlier.
higher at ITZ which favors the pozzolanic reaction of
glass powder. The enhanced microstructure at ITZ has 3.8 Water penetration resistance of concrete
contributed to the compressive strength with up to 30% The water penetration depth into concrete with different
GP content. contents of GP is shown in Fig. 11. Consistent with the
RCPT results, the depth of water penetration continu-
3.7 RCPT result of concrete ously decreases with higher glass powder content. Rela-
The total charge passing the concrete with different tive to the plain concrete, the water penetration depth
OPC replacement levels are shown in Fig. 10, at 7, 28 was reduced by 54, 65, 68 and 80% for cement re-
and 91 days. Due to the low voltage applied in this study, placement level of 15, 30, 45 and 60%, respectively.
the temperature rise during the 24 hours test was less Concrete with 15% GP additive showed much lower
than 3 ˚C. The RCPT results show that the total charge water penetration depth compared to the plain concrete.
passed decreased significantly with increasing glass The refined pore structure, particular the ITZ is the main
powder content, regardless of the test age. RCPT is es- reason for this reduced permeability. The reduction in
sentially an indication of the electrical conductivity, the total charge passed in the RCPT tests at 28 days was
instead of a direct measurement for chloride permeabil- 60, 81, 89 and 95% for 15, 30, 45 and 60% of glass
ity. Therefore, the result depends on not only the pore powder content, respectively. Contrary to RCPT results,
structure but also the chemistry of the pore solution, the resistance to water penetration can accurately reflect
such as ions (Ca2+, Na+, K+, OH-, etc) concentrations. the pore structure. Hence, both accelerated and non-
However, it is the pore structure and not the pore chem- accelerated tests demonstrate the better resistance
istry that govern the transport of ions in cement com- against chloride ions and water ingress, for concrete
posites. Therefore, it is also questionable to use RCPT containing glass powder as cement replacement and
to assess the permeability of concrete with supplemen- additive.
tary cementitious materials such as silica fume and fly
ash (Shi et al. 1998). 3.9 Interfacial transition zone in concrete
At 7 days, the total charge passed reduced almost The microstructures of paste at ITZ are compared for
linearly with decreasing OPC content. The primary rea- plain concrete and 30% GP concrete in Fig. 12. It is
son could be the dilution of OPC in the concrete, as a clear to find CH (plate crystals) and ettringite (needle
result of which there are fewer ions in the cement paste. shape) in the paste of the OPC concrete. Large pores

6000 30
Total charge passed, Coulombs

Water penetration depth, mm

5000 28-day

4000 20


2000 10


0 0
0 15 30 45 60 15%
75Addition 0 15 30 45 60 15%
75 Addition
GP content, % GP content, %
Fig. 10 RCPT results of concrete with glass powders at Fig. 11 Water penetration depth into concrete with glass
different ages. powder at 28 days.
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(a) OPC concrete.


(b) 30GP concrete.

Fig. 12 SEM images of paste microstructures.

0.12 comes smaller for glass powder concrete. Therefore, the

Cumulative pore volume, mL/g

effect of glass powder pozzolanic reaction on the con-
0.10 crete is distinct in comparison to that on paste. The rea-
OPC+15GP son is attributed to the existence of ITZ where the con-
centration of CH and water was higher and it was there-
fore easier to react with glass powder to form secondary
C-S-H, as mentioned above.
4. Conclusions
This study reported experimental results on the use of
0.00 recycled glass powder as supplementary cementitious
1E-3 0.01 0.1 1 10 100 material in paste and concrete. Unlike previous work,
Pore size, μm this study examined the effects of a higher glass powder
Fig. 13 MIP results for GP concrete at the age of 91 dosage of up to 60%. Based on the newly obtained re-
days. sults, the following conclusions can be drawn:
1. The rate and total heat generated during hydration
exist between different hydration phases. In contrast, a consistently decreased with higher GP content due to
dense and more homogenous structure is found for con- the dilution of cement in the mix. Owning to its neg-
crete with 30% glass powder. The pozzolanic reaction ligible water absorption capability, higher glass pow-
over 91 days turned crystal CH into amorphous C-S-H. der content results in a smaller shear yield stress and
Large pores were much less noticeable. This change in plastic viscosity of the paste.
the chemical compositions (more C-S-H formed) and 2. Calcium hydroxide content decreases with glass
pore size distribution (refined pore system) is the reason powder content and curing age, because of the re-
for the better mechanical and durability performances duced cement content in the initial stage and its con-
for concrete with glass powder as OPC substitution. sumption by glass powder pozzolanic reaction at the
The pore size distribution of the microstructure was later stage. Calcium hydroxide was almost depleted
also investigated for concrete including the ITZ, as at 91 days when more than 30% cement was substi-
shown in Fig. 13. It is clear that with OPC partially re- tuted by glass powder.
placed by glass powder, the pores are more refined, in- 3. An optimum cement replacement of 30% by glass
dicated by the downwards shift of the curve. From the powder was observed with respect to the develop-
figure, it can be seen that the critical pore diameter be- ment of compressive strength of concrete after 7 days.
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