STUDY OF PORTLAND CEMENT FRACTURE SURFACES BY SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY TECHNIQUES

An extensive scanning microscopy study was carried out with respect to the fracture surfaces of portland cement hydrated for various times. It is shown that the two major products of hydration are calcium silicate hydrate spherulites, which consist of radiating fibres and calcium hydroxide platelets. These fibres bond with one another to hold the spherulites together. The volume between the spherulites consists of calcium hydroxide platelets. The fracture is frequently found to be across the weakly bonded basal planes of the calcium hydroxide, and is believed to limit the strength of the portland cement. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Chapman and Hall Limited

    11 New Fetter Lane
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Walsh, D
    • Otooni, M A
    • TAYLOR, M E
    • Marcinkowski, M J
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 423-429
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097963
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM