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Evaluation the Effect of Adding Oil Shale Ash on the Compressive Strength of Concrete
 
 
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Department of Natural Resources and Chemical Engineering, Tafila Technical University, P.O. Box 179, Tafila 66110, Jordan
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Mousa Gougazeh   

Department of Natural Resources and Chemical Engineering, Tafila Technical University, P.O. Box 179, Tafila 66110, Jordan
 
 
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In the present study, the effect of cementing properties of oil shale ash on the compressive strength of the concrete mixtures produced from oil shale ash, cement, sand, and water was investigated. The used shale ash was produced by direct combustion at 830oC in a laboratory muffle furnace of the El-Lajjun oil shale. Based on the chemical composition of shale ash (OSA), it was concluded that this material consists of a high percentage of CaO which forms the properties of cement materials as well as the contents of SiO2, Al2O3, and Fe2O3 form the properties of pozzolanic materials. Oil shale ash (OSA) materials have diverse applications as alternative materials for the construction industry and construction technology to reduce environmental risks and achieve sustainability. The results showed that the pressed specimen with 40 wt. % OSA content, 50 wt. % sand content and 30% MW obtained the highest compressive strength of about 9.1 MPa after 28 days of hardening. The highest value of 28 days compressive strength for a compacted specimen containing 35 wt. % OSA and 35% MW were achieved with 12 MPa at a compaction pressure of between 25 and 30 MPa. High compressive strength values were found to be achieved in the compressed specimens by controlling mixing water. It is also indicated that the compressive strength increases as OSA content in the compressed specimen increases and increases as compaction pressure increases.