A huge amount of ferronickel slag is produced as a by-product of manufacturing ferronickel, which is used in stainless steel and nickel alloy. This paper presents the effect of using different percentages of ground ferronickel slag (GFNS) with fly ash (FA) on the workability and compressive strength of geopolymer mortar. A mixture of NaOH and Na2SiO3 solutions was used as the alkaline activator. It was found that the flow of fresh mortar decreased with the increase of GFNS content. This is attributed to the higher fineness and angular shape of GFNS particles as compared to spherical fly ash particles. The mortar cube specimens were heat-cured at 60 °C for 24 hours. The compressive strength of geopolymer mortar using 100% FA was 54 MPa and it increased by 17%, 21% and 36% for using 25%, 50% and 75% GFNS as fly ash replacement, respectively. The strength increase is attributed to the increase of Si/Al ratio by GFNS that favoured the production of alkali aluminosilicate reaction products.
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