Effect of the use nickeliferous laterite and pumice as additives in the performance and durability of the Portland cement

  • María Carolina Rueda Gualdrón Universidad Industrial de Santander
  • Karen Milena Vega Nuñez Universidad Industrial de Santander
  • Carlos Alberto Ríos Reyes Universidad Industrial de Santander
Keywords: Puzzolan, nickeliferous laterite, pumice, cement, mortars


This work evaluated the pozzolanic behavior of the niqueliferous laterite of Cerromatoso (Córdoba) and the pumice of Cemex (Boyacá), based on the NTC standards for fine aggregates. The mortars were prepared with additions of 2.5%, 5% and 10% as substitutes of type I Portland cement, which tested to extreme environments (high temperatures and chemical attacks with H2 SO4 y MgSO4 ). Results demonstrates how these alternative materials increase or decrease their puzolanic degree, as well as the effect of these additives in the mortar mixtures with the time, demonstrating similar properties respect to mortars prepared with type I Portland cement. Therefore, the mortars have an acceptable answer under the tested conditions, although it is possible to improve their workability and durability, collaborating not only with of the energy saving in the production of type I Portland cement but also in the use of alternative additives that let to mitigate the environmental impact produced by the cement industry.

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Author Biographies

María Carolina Rueda Gualdrón, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Escuela de Geología

Karen Milena Vega Nuñez, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Escuela de Geología

Carlos Alberto Ríos Reyes, Universidad Industrial de Santander

Escuela de Geología


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How to Cite
Rueda Gualdrón M. C., Vega Nuñez K. M., & Ríos Reyes C. A. (2016). Effect of the use nickeliferous laterite and pumice as additives in the performance and durability of the Portland cement. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (79), 163-173. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.redin.n79a15