Durability of Concrete Containing Natural Pozzolans

Project ID: 21201
Principal Investigator: Shannon Harrel
Research Topic: Condition Assessment
Funded Fiscal Years: 2021
Keywords: None

Research Question

Reclamation has used natural pozzolans for large dams in the past. Trends in the market made fly ash a more preferable choice as a supplementary cementitious materials for decades. As the future supply of fly ash becomes less predictable, concrete producers are more interested in other pozzolans including natural pozzolans. This report summarized Reclamation's history with using natural pozzolans and proposes sites to extract cores to assess the long-term durability of concrete made with calcined shales.

Need and Benefit

The objective of this research is to determine the long-term durability of Reclamation structures that have been built with concrete that used natural pozzolans as a supplementary cementitious material.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

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Durability of Concrete Containing Natural Pozzolans (final, PDF, 1.9MB)
By Catherine Lucero, Shannon Harrell
Report completed on September 30, 2021

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.

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Last Updated: 6/22/20