Drying shrinkage of hydrothermally cured cements with reactive magnesia and clay brick waste

Aalborg University
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 12th International Inorganic-Bonded Fiber Composites Conference, 2010, pp. 90 - 95
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In recent years, worldwide research and development in the cement industry has gathered momentum with an aim to explore innovative and sustainable methods to deliver environmentally responsible Portland Cement (PC) based construction products. This study investigated physical and mechanical properties of autoclaved cement-quartz sand blends with the addition of clay-brick waste (CB waste) and reactive magnesia (MgO) with the aim to lower CO2 emissions through the reduction of PC consumption. Mechanical properties and drying shrinkage showed improvements with the incorporation of CB waste due to increased amounts and crystallinity of Al-tobermorite. The addition of reactive MgO to PC in hydrothermal conditions was observed to have a negative effect on the compressive strength. XRD data indicated that MgO did not take part in the reaction during the hydration of the cement and may even retard tobermorite formation. However, the expansive nature from the hydration of MgO to brucite may have compensated for drying shrinkage.
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