A TG analysis of the effect of calcination conditions on the properties of reactive magnesia

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Journal Of Thermal Analysis And Calorimetry, 2007, 88 (1), pp. 145 - 149
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The reactivity of MgO obtained from calcination of magnesium carbonate at different temperatures has been investigated by means of hydration in a constant relative humidity environment at 40 degrees C for periods up to 24 days. Natural magnesite and AR g grade basic MgCO3 calcinated in the range of 500-1000 degrees C was characterised in terms of surface area, crystallite size, morphology, and hydration rate. It was foudn that the hydration rate is dependent on the surface area and crystallite size wwhere temperature was the main variable affecting them. The most reactive MgO was produced at the lowest calcination temperature with the highest surface area and the smallest crystallite size. The basic MgO specimens showed higher degree of hydration compared to the natural mgO specimens due to the smaller surface area and larger cyrstallite size. The low MgO content of the starting natural magnesite is also attributable to the lower reactivity. This preliminary study serves as a mean to investigate poetntial utilisation of reactive MgO asa supplementary cementitious material in eco-freindly cements.
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