1 University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq

2 Al-Furat Al-Awsat University, Lecturer Babil, Iraq.


This paper investigated the effect of incorporating two types of micro particles micro CaCO3 and micro SiO2 on mechanical properties and durability of concrete. Micro materials were added in four different dosages of 1%, 2%, 3% and 4% by weight as partial replacement of cement in concrete mixture. Mechanical properties of hardened concrete (compressive strength, flexural strength and split tensile strength) have been done after 28 days of water curing. In addition, water absorption test was carrying out for obtaining the durability properties of concrete specimen. Binary combination of micro CaCO3 + micro SiO2 were also studied the combined effect of the micro particles. Micro-structural characteristic of modified concrete was done through the scanning electron microscope. The results showed that incorporation of micro CaCO3 and micro SiO2 particles lead to increase the packing and enhance the mechanical properties and durability of concrete. A significant performance was observed in case of micro silica addition to the concrete in comparing with other micro particles.


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