Natural Pozzolans

  • Christos Dedeloudis
  • Monika Zervaki
  • Kosmas Sideris
  • Maria Juenger
  • Natalia Alderete
  • Siham Kamali-Bernard
  • Yury Villagrán
  • Ruben Snellings
Part of the RILEM State-of-the-Art Reports book series (RILEM State Art Reports, volume 25)


This chapter is dedicated to several kinds of natural pozzolans that occur around the globe and describes their specific characteristics, origin and use in concrete. Moreover, the advantages and disadvantages of their use in concrete mixes are highlighted in terms of concrete properties. In particular, the referenced properties in this chapter are that of fresh and hardened concrete, its microstructure and chemical durability. The chapter is summarized by mentioning the specifications concerning natural pozzolans according to the relative standards. Overall, the benefits of using natural pozzolans in cement and concrete are evident in terms of higher later age compressive strength, increased concrete durability, lower heat of hydration, reduced bleeding and others.


Natural pozzolans Concrete properties Volcanic ash Pumice Zeolite Scoria Tuff Diatomite Perlite durability Compressive strength 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christos Dedeloudis
    • 1
  • Monika Zervaki
    • 1
  • Kosmas Sideris
    • 2
  • Maria Juenger
    • 3
  • Natalia Alderete
    • 4
    • 5
  • Siham Kamali-Bernard
    • 6
  • Yury Villagrán
    • 4
    • 5
  • Ruben Snellings
    • 7
  1. 1.Imerys Functional AdditivesKifissiaGreece
  2. 2.Laboratory of Building MaterialsDemocritus University of ThraceXanthiGreece
  3. 3.Department of CivilArchitectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  4. 4.Magnel Laboratory for Concrete ResearchGhent UniversityZwijnaardeBelgium
  5. 5.Department of Concrete TechnologyLEMITBuenos AiresArgentina
  6. 6.Laboratoire de Génie Civil et Génie MécaniqueINSA-RennesRennes Cedex 7France
  7. 7.Sustainable Materials ManagementMolBelgium

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