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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 412878, 6 pages
Research Article

The Influences of Iron Ore Tailings as Fine Aggregate on the Strength of Ultra-High Performance Concrete

State Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials for Architecture, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China

Received 16 March 2015; Accepted 30 August 2015

Academic Editor: João M. P. Q. Delgado

Copyright © 2015 Zhigang Zhu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study looks for the feasibility of preparing UHPC with iron ore tailings (IOT for short) as fine aggregate. To enhance outstanding high performances, some influences on UHPC mortars were investigated such as different kinds of sands, different mix ratio of sands, and different largest particle size of fine aggregate. The results show that IOT have negligible poorer aggregate performance than silica sands but better than river sands. The strength of UHPC reaches the highest point when silica sands were instead 60% by IOT. As the largest particle size of fine aggregate is decreasing, the strength and frost resistance of UHPC were improved, but the liquidity was decreased. Micropowder of IOT affects the strength and the optimal content was 4%.