• Rafat Siddique
  • Mohammad Iqbal Khan
Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT., volume 37)


Metakaolin (MK) is a pozzolanic material. It is a dehydroxylated form of the clay mineral kaolinite. It is obtained by calcination of kaolinitic clay at a temperature between 500°C and 800°C. Between 100 and 200°C, clay minerals lose most of their adsorbed water. Between 500 and 800°C kaolinite becomes calcined by losing water through dehydroxilization. The raw material input in the manufacture of metakaolin (Al2Si2O7) is kaolin clay. Kaolin is a fine, white, clay mineral that has been traditionally used in the manufacture of porcelain. Kaolinite is the mineralogical term that is applicable to kaolin clays. Kaolinite is defined as a common mineral, hydrated aluminum disilicate, the most common constituent of kaolin.


Compressive Strength Portland Cement Silica Fume Calcium Hydroxide Cement Paste 
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  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringThapar UniversityPatialaIndia
  2. 2.Structural Engineering, Center of Excellence for Concrete Research and Testing College of EngineeringKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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