Effect of early hydration temperature on hydration product and strength development of magnesium phosphate cement (MPC)

This paper investigates the effect of early hydration temperatures on hydration products and strength development of magnesium phosphate cement (MPC). MPC paste specimens with borate contents of 3%, 6%, 9% and 12% are prepared and cured in different air temperatures and in the adiabatic condition. The internal hydration temperatures are measured by pre-embedded temperature probes. MPC samples with different hydration temperatures are also obtained by using thin slice samples. The hydration products in MPC samples with different hydration temperatures are analyzed by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) and the strength development is also measured. The results show that NH₄MgPO₄·6H₂O is the major hydration product and beneficial to strength development of MPC at hydration temperature below 70 °C. NH₄MgPO₄·H₂O is another major product, which significantly decreases the strength, when the temperature is higher than a critical temperature between 70 °C and 75 °C. NH₄MgPO₄·H₂O can directly form in the MPC paste, and comes from the decomposition of NH₄MgPO₄·6H₂O when the temperature is above 75 °C. With temperature elevation and duration extension, NH₄MgPO₄·6H₂O decomposes rapidly, and even entirely when the temperature is above 100 °C. The borate content has no effect on the types of major hydration products and the critical temperature.

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  • Accession Number: 01578127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 5 2015 9:55AM