Early hydration of portland cement admixed with polycarboxylates studied under terrestric and microgravity conditions

Lei Lei, Markus R. Meier, Alexander Rinkenburger, Zheng Baicun, Fu Lefeng, Johann Plank

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Abstract

The crystallization of ettringite at very early cement hydration (hydration period ∼ 10 s) was studied under normal and zero gravity condition utilizing SEM microscopy. Furthermore, the impact of two polycarboxylate superplasticizers (one methacrylate ester-, one methallyl ether - based) on ettringite crystallization was investigated. It was found that under microgravity attained on parabolic flights, generally smaller, but a larger amount of ettringite crystals is formed resulting from the absence of convection and ion diffusion limited crystal growth. Furthermore, the PCE polymers were found to act as morphological catalysts for ettringite even under zero gravity condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Advanced Concrete Technology
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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