Rice Husk Ash (RHA)—The Future of Concrete

  • Chinnadurai ElakkiahEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 25)


Construction industry is one among the major industries which consumes more energy-intensive materials right from steel to cement. Extensive use of such materials results in global warming and environmental pollution. Selection of construction materials plays a trivial role in the quality of construction and the cost involved. Concrete, one of the key materials used widely across the world is due to its versatile nature and durability. When compared to the other building materials, it can be engineered in many ways to meet a wide range of requirements and improvised performance. Ordinary Portland cement is the major component in concrete which levies huge cost. It has to be replaced at least partially with a better alternative sustainable material for lowering the consumption of OPC and in turn, the cost involved. The quality of the concrete depends solely on its durability and strength. Research shows that the usage of finely segregated siliceous materials in concrete will improve the durability of concrete. Rice husk is an agricultural waste product which is available in millions of tons posing disposal problems. Studies showed that after burning of Rice husks, RHA will be produced which has greater pozzolanic as well as reactivity property. This study reviews about the use of RHA in concrete and its impact on improving the quality of concrete in a sustainable way. It also shows light on how rice husk ash can be productively utilized in the context of waste as a resource and can be used as a partial replacement for OPC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringSathyabama UniversityChennaiIndia

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