Fly Ash Use in Road and Embankment Construction: A Goa Workshop

- Panaji, Goa

Another successful workshop, organized by AsianCAA and hosted by our friends at ALCON (Anil Counto Enterprises) took place in Goa, India during the globally prestigious CoalTrans India conference.

The speaker, Mr. Bill Martin, is an experienced operations, sales and marketing executive with decades of experience in the construction materials industry. Bill’s expertise covers raw materials procurement, supply chain management, new business development and manufacturing operations in cement, masonry and concrete products.

Bill has held positions at the ADAA (Ash Development Association of Australia) and the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia.

A regular at the annual Asian Coal Ash Association’s Coal Ash Asia conferences, Bill and the team at CAS (Coal Ash Solutions) team offer complimentary introductions, translation and business matching to all international guests in attendance.

The Workshop:

Explored in “Fly Ash Use in Road and Embankment Construction” were some of the technical, environmental and operational requirements for achieving maximum benefits from fly ash in road and embankment construction.

In attendance at the workshop were ash managers, construction and engineering firms, government officials including the Department of Transport and the Ministry of Environment. 

The group examined the many benefits of incorporating fly ash and bottom ash into Portland Cement/Concrete. Extensive research and countless highway and bridge construction projects have indisputably proven the following facts about the use of fly ash in construction:
1. Higher ultimate strength

2. Improved workability

3. Lowered costs

4. Reduced bleeding

5. Reduced heat of hydration

6. Reduced permeability

7. Increased sulfate attack resistance

8. Increased resistance to ASR

9. Reduced shrinkage

10. Increased durability.

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Discussing Free CaO in CFB Ash and it’s Stability: Research Highlight from Coal Ash Asia 2017


- Beijing, China

Professor Qiao Xiu Chen from East China University of Science and Technology joined the discussion at Coal Ash Asia this past July 21-24 in Beijing, China. Prof Chen presented among industry leaders during the Fly Ash and Coal Gangue Track at the most recent AsianCAA event. The below abstract has been translated from its original submission to our proceedings.

Abstract: Circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boilers discharge 2 to 3 times as much ash per 1 kWh as pulverized coal-fired boilers. Overall, the amount of discarded CFB ash has drastically increased in China. However, there is no bulk utilization due to the different physiochemical properties of coal fly ash (CFA) from pulverized coal-fired boilers. One of the key issues is the amount of CaO left after burning, as CaO has negative effects on the soundness of cement. The national standard requires the maximum free CaO of 1% for F CFA and 4% for C CFA. The amount of lime in CFB ash is usually higher than 5% due to the desulfurization process. The utilization of CFB ash becomes harder when ash contains higher amounts of CaO. Presentation Abstracts

This conference we will show the chemical reaction variations of lime prepared at 800, 850, 900, 950, 1000, 1050, 1150, 1250, 1350°C. The calorimetry, precise measurement of lattice parameter and selected area microdiffraction of TEM were used for evaluation. The results showed that the calcite with a fineness of D100<76μm decomposed by 80% after the treatment at 800 or 850°C for 20 min. Complete decomposition occurred from the treatment at 900°C for 10 min. The maximum amount of CaO was 0.53% after the treatment at 1050°C. The amount of CaO started to be higher than 1% from the treatment at 1150°C and was more than 30% after the treatment at 1350°C for 20 min.

The CFB ash does not show a negative effect on the soundness of cement when the highest combustion temperature in the boiler is lower than 1050°C.