Solution chemistry of cubic and orthorhombic tricalcium aluminate hydration

Rupert J. Myers, Guoqing Geng, Jiaqi Li, Erich D. Rodriguez, Priscila da Rosa, Ana P. Kirchheim, Paulo J. M. Monteiro

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This paper presents a solution chemistry-focused analysis of orthorhombic and cubic tricalcium aluminate (orth-C3A and cub-C3A, respectively) hydration. It is shown that the different solubilities of cub- and orth-C3A influence the bulk aqueous Ca to Al concentration ratio and the C3A/solution interface chemistry. The results are consistent with the bulk solution chemistry controlling orth-C3A dissolution, and with cub-C3A dissolution controlled by the formation of an Al-rich leached layer and adsorption of Ca‑sulfur ion pair complexes onto this layer. The polynaphthalene sulfonate-based admixture used here is identified to modify the solution chemistry and retard cub-C3A dissolution. Strategies to inhibit C3A dissolution in Portland cement are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-185
JournalCement and Concrete Research
Early online date18 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

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