Early C3A Hydration in the Presence of Different Kinds of Calcium Sulfate

Hydration reactions of C3A with various amounts of calcium sulfate hemihydrate, gypsum, or a mixture of the two, were investigated by isothermal microcalorimetry, and a monitoring of the ionic concentrations of diluted suspensions. This study shows that sulfate type used modifies the early C3A-CaSO4 hydration products and the rate of this hydration. The fast initial AFm formation observed before ettringite precipitation in the C3A-gypsum system is avoided as soon as hemihydrate is present in the suspension. This was attributed to higher super saturation degrees and then higher nucleation frequency with regard to the ettringite obtained in the presence of hemihydrate. Moreover, replacement of gypsum by hemihydrate also leads to an increase of the ettringite formation rate during at least the first 5 hours under experimental conditions.

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  • Accession Number: 01146432
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 24 2009 12:46PM