33rd Our World in Concrete and Structures (OWICs) - 2008
Hassan J Karam*, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait
Saud F Al-Otabi, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait
Performance concrete, Durability, Mineral admixture, Chemical admixture,
The construction industry in Kuwait is somewhat oblivious to the recent advances in
high performance concrete (HPC) technology which provides not only high strengths (50-100 MPa) necessary for high-rise building construction but also enhanced durability in aggressive environment, in addition to other multitude of advantages. Industrialized countries and almost all the fast-developing countries now use HPC for cost-effective and sustainable construction.
The paper discuses the finding of phase I of the hole project which consists of two
phases of which Phase I is earmarked for implementation initially. Phase I at its conclusion was expected to provide technology and know-how to the construction industry with regard to material and design options for the production of the HPC with currently available resources in Kuwait and in addition, research inputs that will enable the consolidation of the final Phase II.
Phase II is centered round the development of a mineral admixture similar to micro
silica from Kuwaiti geomaterials. This will be followed by further development of HPC
mixes using the developed mineral admixture and chemical admixtures, to enable the highest degree of substitution of local materials in HPC. Performance characteristics and durability assessments of HPC developed were made. Phase II is thus expected to culminate in costeffective, performance specific, indigenous HPC mixes and design procedures appropriate to Kuwait.