The Usage of Perlitic Pumice from Izmir-Menderes (Turkey) in the Production of Low-Strength Lightweight Concrete

Ceylan H., Sarac S.

ACTA PHYSICA POLONICA A, vol.132, no.3, pp.667-669, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 132 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.12693/aphyspola.132.667
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.667-669
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Lightweight aggregates, used to produce cavity blocks in the construction sector, vary according to their technical properties and thus, technical analyses should be performed on lightweight aggregate specimens. Lightweight aggregates, like pumice, are widely employed for the production of construction elements, used as light masonry units. In literature there are studies related to applications of various lightweight aggregates, such as volcanic slag, ignimbrite and expanded clay, in addition to pumice, to produce porous cavity blocks. This study investigates the usability of perlitic pumice formations, present around Menderes, Izmir (Turkey), as lightweight aggregate. Many experiments were conducted to investigate this possibility and to determine the optimum mixing ratios of aggregate. Based on the results, for 10% of cement by volume, the optimum aggregate mixing ratio was 40% 0-4 mm and 60% 4-8 mm.