Effectiveness of a calcium silicate hydrate – Polycarboxylate ether (C-S-H–PCE) nanocomposite on early strength development of fly ash cement

V. Kanchanason, J. Plank

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Abstract

C-S-H–PCE nanocomposites are known seeding materials for Portland cement. Here, the effectiveness of a C-S-H–PCE admixture on early strength development of a fly ash blended cement (35 wt% fly ash) was investigated. It was found that addition of C-S-H–PCE drastically increases the compressive strength of mortar and concrete, particularly at 6–24 h of hydration. XRD and calorimetric measurements confirm that the hydration of C3S/C2S in cement is greatly accelerated. Most interestingly, however, the C-S-H–PCE nanocomposite also stimulates the pozzolanic reaction of fly ash, thus explaining the exceptionally high early strength values. Accordingly, C-S-H–PCE might also be useful in other CEM II cements holding pozzolanic materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Volume169
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • C-S-H
  • Early strength
  • Fly ash blended cement
  • Nucleation
  • Polycarboxylate

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