Barley Straw Ash: Pozzolanic Activity and Comparison with other Natural and Artificial Pozzolans from México

Carlos Cobreros, José Luis Reyes-Araiza, Alejandro Manzano-Ramírez, Rufino Nava, Mario Rodríguez, Mauricio Mondragón-Figueroa, Luis Miguel Apátiga, Eric M. Rivera-Muñoz


The construction industry is one of the largest and most active growth sectors worldwide. It presents an important environmental impact, and one way to reduce the impact of the construction activity is to substitute pozzolanic materials for ordinary Portland cement. In this work, barley straw, barley straw ash, and other natural and artificial pozzolans from Mexico were characterized and compared. Also, the pozzolanic activity of barley straw ash was compared with the pozzolanic properties of some natural and artificial pozzolans from Mexico. Materials considered included recycled dust of fired clay brick, fly ash, volcanic ash, and wheat straw ash.


Straw Ash; Pozzolana; Sustainable construction; Fired clay brick

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