Concrete mixes for desert environments

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This paper reports the results of experimental investigations carried out on the effects of concrete mixes with small or even null quantities of coarse aggregates on the mechanical properties of concrete in desert environments. It also presents the results of a statistical analysis aimed at optimizing concrete mix design for desert regions. A laboratory experiment using 72 samples of 12 different concrete mixes with three different curing methods was carried out. The influences of the water/cement ratio, coarse aggregate/total aggregate ratio, total aggregate/cement ratio, and curing methods (air curing, oven curing, and water curing) on the compressive strength of concrete were characterized and analyzed. Mathematical parabolas were developed for concrete strength as a function of the reduced coarse aggregate quantity. Based on the statistical analysis, recommendations are provided on the optimum concrete mix using desert sand.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAchieving Sustainability in Construction - Proceedings of the International Conference
PublisherICE Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0727734040, 9780727734044
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event2005 International Congress - Global Construction: Ultimate Concrete Opportunities - Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 5 2005Jul 7 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Achieving Sustainability in Construction


Other2005 International Congress - Global Construction: Ultimate Concrete Opportunities
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityDundee, Scotland


  • Aggregates
  • Compressive strength
  • Concrete mix
  • Curing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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