Lightweight Concrete


The utilization of LWC (Lightweight concrete) has been a component in the construction business for quite a long time, yet like other material the expectancy of potency of the execution have raised and now we are expecting a steady, dependable material and unsurprising attributes.

Structural lightweight concrete has a set up thickness or denisty (unit weight) on the order of 90 to 115 lb/ft³ (1440 to 1840 kg/m³) contrasted with typical weight concrete a thickness or density in the scope of 140 to 150 lb/ft³ (2240 to 2400 kg/m³). For the structural applications the solid quality or the concrete strength ought to be more prominent than 2500 psi (17.0 MPa). The concrete blend is made with a lightweight coarse total. Now and again a partition or the whole fine totals might be a lightweight item. Lightweight aggregates utilized as a part of structural lightweight cement are ordinarily extended shale, earth or slate materials that have been exposed in a rotating furnace to build up a permeable structure. Different items, for example, air-cooled impact heater slag are likewise utilized. There are different classes of non-auxiliary lightweight concrete with lower thickness made with other aggregate materials and higher air voids in the bond paste matrix, for example, in cell concrete.

History of Lightweight Concrete (LWC)

For the most part, the properties of lightweight concrete can be shown by doing research facility testing, yet the general execution of the material must be exhibited sufficiently by its execution in the field by testing lightweight concrete structure under administration. LWC has been effectively utilized for marine applications and in shipbuilding. Lightweight concreteboats were created in the USA amid the 1914-1918 war, and their prosperity prompted to the generation of the USS Selma (a war transport). In both 1953 and 1980 the Selma’s sturdiness was evaluated by taking cored tests from the water line territory. On both event little erosion was noted.

In 1984, Thomas A. Holm assessed that there were more than 400 LWC connects all through the world particularly in USA and Canada. The examination completed by The Expanded Clay and Slate Institute demonstrates that the vast majority of the scaffolds gave off an impression of being in great condition. As indicated by ACI Material Journal by Diona Marcia, Andrian Loani, Mihai Filip and Ian Pepenar (1994), it was found that in Japan lightweight concrete had been utilized since 1964 as a railroad station stage. The review on strength was done in 1983 has demonstrated that LWC showed comparable carbonation profundities as ordinary cement. Despite the fact that a few breaks were accounted for, however these represented no structure issues. A moment structure involving both lightweight concrete and ordinary solid which had been in ocean water for a long time was inspected for salt infiltration.

Division of Lightweight Concrete (LWC)

By method of Production

  1. Lightweight Aggregate Concrete: By utilizing permeable lightweight aggregate of low specific gravity.
  2. Cellular, aerated, gas or foamed concrete: By utilizing big voids inside the mortar weight.
  3. No-fines Concrete: By removing fine total from the blend so that a big amount of interstitial voids is there

lightweight concrete can also be categorized as per the purpose for which it is utilized.

Types of Lightweight Concrete

  1. Lightweigth Aggregate (LWA) concrete

In the mid 1950s, the utilization of lightweight  concrete pieces was acknowledged in the UK for load bearing inward leaf of cavity dividers. Before long there after the advancement and creation of new sorts of counterfeit LWA (Lightweight total) made it conceivable to present LWC of high quality, appropriate for auxiliary work. These advances energized the basic utilization of LWA cement, especially where the need to decrease weight in a structure was in a structure was an imperative thought for plan or for economy

Various types of LWA suitable for structural reinforced concrete:

  • Pumice
  • Foamed Slag
  • Expanded Clay and Shales
  • Sintered Pulverised
  1. Aerated Concrete

Cement of this sort has the most reduced thickness, thermal conductivity and quality. Like timber it can be sawn, screwed and nailed, yet there are non-burnable. For works insitu the standard strategies for air circulation are by blending in balanced out froth or by whipping air in with the guide of an air entraining operator. The precast items are normally made by the expansion of around 0.2 percent aluminums powder to the blend which responds with basic substances in the fastener shaping hydrogen bubbles. Air-cured circulated air through cement is utilized where little quality is required e.g. rooftop screeds and pipe slacking. Full quality advancement relies on the response of lime with the siliceous totals, and for the equivalent densities the quality of high weight steam cured cement is about twice that of air-cured cement, and shrinkage is just a single third or less.

Circulated air through cement is a lightweight, cell material comprising of bond and additionally lime and sand or different silicious material. It is made by either a physical or a concoction procedure amid which either air or gas is brought into a slurry, which for the most part contains no coarse material. Circulated air through cement utilized as an auxiliary material is generally high-weight steam-cured. It is hence manufacturing plant made and accessible to the client in precast units just, for floors, dividers and rooftops. Obstructs for laying in mortar or paste are produced with no support. Bigger units are fortified with steel bars to oppose harm through transport, taking care of and superimposed burdens. Autoclaved circulated air through solid, which was initially created in Sweden in 1929, is presently fabricated everywhere throughout the world.

  1. N0-Fines concrete

The term no-fines concrete basically refers to the concrete created of cement and a coarse (9-19mm) total just (minimum 95 percent have to pass the 20mm BS sieve, should not exceed 10 percent can not pass the 10mm BS sieve and nothing can exceed 5mm BS sieve), and the product so created has different evenly distributed voids all through its weight. No-fines concrete is basically utilized for the load bearing, cast in situ exterior and interior wall, non load bearing wall for solid ground floors (CP III: 1970, BSI). No-fines concrete was brought into the United Kingdom in 1923, when 50 houses were constructed in Edinburgh, trailed by some years after by 800 in Liverpool, Manchester and London.

This brief elaboration is utilized to concrete which has only a solitary size 10mm to 20mm coarse aggregate (dense aggregate or a light weight aggregate like sintered PFA). The density is approximately two-third or three quarters of the dense concrete constructed with the similar aggregates. No-fines concrete is basically always cast in situ chiefly as the load bearing and non load bearing walls incorporating in filling walls, in framed units, yet often as filling below the solids concrete floors and for the roof screeds.

Classification based on strength & density

There are other basis of classification of lighweight concretes. Based on strength & density, light weight concrete (LWC) can be classified into following three types:

  1. Low Density Concrete
  2. Moderate Strength Concrete
  3. Structural Concrete

Uses of LWC

  1. For insulation of water pipes
  2. For General insulative walls
  3. For Reinforced concrete
  4. For construction of divider walls in frame structures
  5. For heat insulation on the roofs