Effect of cement incorporation on the leaching characteristics of elements from fly ash and slag treated soils

Mahedi M., Cetin B., Yalçın Dayıoğlu A.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, cilt.253, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


Inclusion of cement in fly ash and slag mixed soils could potentially alter the leaching behavior of elements. This study investigated the leaching characteristics of calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sulfur (S), manganese (Mn), barium (Ba) and chromium (Cr) from cement activated soil-fly ash, soil-slag mixtures and soil, fly ash, steel slag and cement alone. Batch water leach tests, acid neutralization capacity and pH-dependent leach tests were performed. Test results indicated that, effluent concentrations of Ca and Ba increased, while Mg concentrations decreased with cement additions. No consistent trend was observed between S concentrations and cement content. The leaching of Cr and Mn remained unaffected by cement incorporation. Results of this study showed that the solution pH had the greatest influence on the leaching behaviors of the elements. Ca, Mg, S and Mn followed cationic leaching patterns, whereas Ba showed both cationic and amphoteric leaching patterns. The highest concentrations of Cr were observed at extreme acidic conditions, followed by a concentration plateau at the pH range of 5.5-10, and subsequent decrease and increase in concentrations at pH of 11.5 and 13, respectively. Geochemical modeling results suggested that except for Cr, the leaching mechanisms of the elements were controlled by their sulfate and (hydr)oxide minerals. The leaching of Cr was possibly controlled by BaCrO4 and CaCrO4. It was observed that the presence of carbonate minerals did not play a significant role on the leaching mechanisms of the elements, when cement was used as an activator.