Link between microstructure and tritiated water diffusivity in mortars: Impact of aggregates

The present study aims to investigate the influence of microstructure, particularly the effect of aggregates content and interfacial transition zone (ITZ), on tritiated water (HTO) diffusivity in mortars. To this end, three different series of mortars were prepared and HTO diffusion tests were conducted. Variables are water-to-cement ratio, sand volume fractions, and particle size distribution. In parallel, the microstructure of these materials was characterized by water porosimetry, mercury porosimetry, and by backscattered electron microscopy associated to images analysis. It was observed that at low sand content (0%–50%), diffusion properties of mortars are dominated by aggregates dilution effect. Beyond 50% of standard sand, other effects related to the large number of sand grains appear, such as air voids and porous areas mainly due to the difficulty of obtaining well-compacted materials.

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  • Accession Number: 01596074
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 11 2016 12:26PM