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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 9367619, 5 pages
Research Article

An Investigation on Strength Development of Cement with Cenosphere and Silica Fume as Pozzolanic Replacement

1Department of Civil Engineering, Syed Ammal Engineering College, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu 623502, India
2Department of Civil Engineering, Velammal College of Engineering and Technology, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625009, India
3Department of Civil Engineering, Valliammai Engineering College, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu 603203, India

Received 22 February 2016; Revised 24 April 2016; Accepted 24 May 2016

Academic Editor: Ana S. Guimarães

Copyright © 2016 K. Senthamarai Kannan 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.


In the detailed study presented in this paper, an attempt was made to study the strength of cement when cenosphere (CS) and silica fume (SF) were used as replacement. Tests were carried out on mix with cenosphere as replacement for cement which has 12% of constant replacement of silica fume to the mass of cement, and this is made to stabilize the strength which was lost due to addition of cenosphere. From the test results, it was concluded that the strength loss of binder due to replacement of cenosphere can be stabilized by silica fume and still a safe value of strength can be achieved. Furthermore, the strength reduction is due to the consumption of hydration products and cloggy microstructure as observed in this study.