Current Understanding of Cellulose Ethers Impact on the Hydration of C3A and C3A-Sulphate Systems

The impact of cellulose ethers (CE) on C3A hydration was examined to support the understanding of the retarding effect of CE on cement hydration. In this sense, the research successively studied the CE adsorption on ettringite and calcium hydroaluminates, and then the CE influence during C3A hydration in the presence or absence of calcium sulphate. A phase-specific adsorption of CE was emphasized depending on CE chemistry. In addition to CE, a gradual slowing down of C3A dissolution as well as ettringite and calcium hydroaluminates precipitation was highlighted. Again, a great impact of CE chemistry and CE adsorption behavior were noticed. Thus, HECs induce a stronger adsorption on calcium hydroaluminates and a longer C3A hydration delays than HPMCs.


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  • Accession Number: 01141918
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2009 6:46PM