Locating ettringite due to DEF at the pore scale of cement paste by heat-based dissolution tests

Yushan Gu, Othman Omikrine-Metalssi, Renaud-Pierre Martin, Teddy Fen-Chong, Patrick Dangla

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Abstract

An innovative experimental method, based on the thermal stability of ettringite, is proposed and implemented to dissolve the crystalline products formed during Delayed Ettringite Formation (DEF). The tests are designed to empty all the pores that are filled by ettringite during their formation. By characterising the porous structure before and after the heat-based dissolution test (HBDT) via Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry (MIP), it is proved that the pores filled by ettringite during DEF in the pore size range between 4 and 30 nm are emptied and that the pore size distribution (PSD) in this range is reversed, approaching the initial state (i.e. before the degradation induced by DEF). This observation helps to confirm the location of ettringite formed during DEF.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120000
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Volume258
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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