Journal of Interdisciplinary Academic Research (JIAR)

Applied Sciences

A Study on the Pozzolanic Properties of Pennisetum Purpureum Ash

Dr Saruchera, L.
Dr Mupa, Mathew
Dr Muchanyereyi-Mukuratirwa, N.
Prof Witzleben, Steffen
Published 12/07/2018
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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Pozzolanic properties of Pennisetum purpureum grass ash were tested on Portland cement. Results show that the ash can be blended with cements without compromising binding strength of the cement. It was found that Portland cement could be blended with Pennisetum purpureum up to a ratio of 3:2 compromising compressive strength of mortar.Mortar with lower cement replacement took longer to set as evidenced by lower compressive strength within the 28-day aging time. Mortar with higher cement replacement had lower water absorption capacity, an indication that the test pozzolan was of smaller particulate size. XRF analysis and the FTIR spectrum showed that the ash has a higher content of silica. The XRD pattern of the ash showed that the ash was predominantly amorphous. SEM images showed that the ash produced at 600 o C had residual carbon material.

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