Effect of ground copper slag on strength and toughness of cementitious mixes

Antonio M. Ariño, Barzin Mobasher

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The effect of ground copper slag (GCS) on the strength and fracture of cement-based materials is studied. Up to 15 percent by mass of GCS was used as a portland cement replacement. The strength and fracture toughness of concrete samples were studied using closed-loop controlled compression and three-point bending fracture tests. The compression test used a combination of the axial and transverse strains as a control parameter to develop a stable postpeak response. A cyclic loading-unloading test was conducted on three-point bending notched specimens under closed-loop crack mouth opening control. Test results were used to construct the resistance curve (R-curve) response of the specimens describing the dependence of fracture toughness on the stable crack length.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
JournalACI Materials Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


  • Compressive strength
  • Copper
  • Fly ash
  • Slag cements
  • Strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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