Compressive Strength of Geopolymer Mortar Reinforced with Rice Husk Fibers

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Sally Hashim Mohammed
Nada Mahdi Fawzi


Geopolymer concrete has been proposed to minimize carbon dioxide emissions related to the cement production industry. This environmentally friendly material consists of industry waste materials activated chemically by an activation solution. In this study, the geopolymer mortar has been designed with 70% fly ash and 30% metakaolin. Hydroxide sodium in 14 molar concentrations blended with sodium silicate in a 2.5:1 ratio was used as the activation solution. Rice husk fibers were added as reinforcement in (1%, 1.5%, and 2%), and waste paper (paper pulp and paper ash) was added in (1%, 2%, and 5%) by volume of cementitious material. The geopolymer mortar samples underwent a curing process through exposure to a temperature of 60°C in an oven for 24 hours. The findings indicate that the samples reinforced with 2% rice husk fibers exhibited the most significant improvement in compressive strength, with 59% and 55% increases after 7 and 28 days of curing, respectively. In general, using waste paper and rice husk fibers significantly enhanced the compressive strength of geopolymer mortar. 

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“Compressive Strength of Geopolymer Mortar Reinforced with Rice Husk Fibers” (2024) Journal of Engineering, 30(07), pp. 77–89. doi:10.31026/j.eng.2024.07.05.

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“Compressive Strength of Geopolymer Mortar Reinforced with Rice Husk Fibers” (2024) Journal of Engineering, 30(07), pp. 77–89. doi:10.31026/j.eng.2024.07.05.

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