Effect on Fresh C-S-H gels of the Simultaneous Addition of Alkali and Aluminium

Reducing Portland cement content in cementitious binders offers a means to address the adverse environmental impacts of Portland cement manufacture. This paper investigates the impacts on hydration product chemistry of partially replacing Portland cement with alkali-activated aluminosilicates. Here, short-term effects of soluble alkali and aluminium, likely to be available in an alkali-activated system, on the structure of synthetic C-S-H gels are assessed. .C-S-H gels (synthesized at pH values of over 13) were mixed with different concentrations of aluminium nitrate and sodium hydroxide. The gels were characterized by FTIR, TEM/EDX, and XRD 72 h later. The results showed that both alkali and aluminium increased the degree of silicate polymerisation in the C-S-H gels and precipitated a crystalline calcium aluminosilicate phase.


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  • Accession Number: 01148029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2010 12:07PM