Self-compacting concrete (SCC) is a revolutionary development in concrete construction. The addition of mineral admixtures like metakaolin, which is a highly reactive pozzolana to the SCC mixes, gives it superior strength and durability. The present work is an effort to study the behavior of M50 grade SCC by partial replacement of Portland Slag Cement (PSC) with metakaolin. Its strength and durability aspects are comparable with a controlled concrete (without replacement of cement). In the present work, a new mix design methodology based on the efficiency of metakaolin is adopted. The optimum percentage replacement of cement with metakaolin is obtained based on compressive strength test results. The influence of metakaolin on the workability, compressive strength, splitting tensile strength and flexural strength of SCC and its behavior when subjected to elevated temperature was investigated through evaluation against controlled concrete and non-destructive testing. From the test results, it was observed that incorporation of metakaolin at an optimum dosage satisfied all the fresh properties of SCC and improved both the strength and durability performance of SCC compared to controlled concrete.
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