IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
K. SathyaPrabha, J. Rajasekar
Bottom ash is a hazardous by-product from coal based thermal power plants. In this study fine aggregate in concrete mix has been replaced with bottom ash and Polypropylene fibre is additionally used to enhance the strength characteristics of concrete. The concrete mix design is done for M25 grade concrete. The mix is prepared for different combinations of 0%, 10%, 20% and 30% of replacement of sand by bottom ash with 0.5% of polypropylene fibre by total weight of the Cube. The mechanical properties were compared with control mix and it was found that the optimal combination as 30% bottom ash and 1.0% polypropylene fibre. Flexural strength was compared by testing beams of size 1.5 x 0.25 x 0.15m under two point loading. Results showed that there was no degradation of strength for beams with bottom ash as replacement for fine aggregates.