Multiscale investigations on hydration mechanisms in seawater OPC paste

Junjie Wang, Engui Liu, Liang Li

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    The freshwater consumption in concrete production has been notably increased, owing to the worldwide demand from the construction sector for the industrial and urban developments. To meet the requirements in the long term, reconsidering the seawater usage in concrete production, as an alternative to freshwater, perhaps can be a sustainable solution. Doing that, the freshwater resource can be effectively preserved, also the durability issues of concrete materials and structures based on marine resources and towards the marine applications can probably be revisited and resolved from new perspectives. At present, most studies about seawater usage in concrete have been conducted using the simulated seawater. It is currently rare to see the systematic and in-depth hydration studies employing directly the real seawater. This research aims at new findings by conducting multiscale investigations on hydration mechanisms of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) with seawater mixing. The investigations were conducted through a combination of macro-, micro- and nano-scale analyses and material characterizations. Seawater enhances the hydration of cement expressed by the accelerated heat flow and increased heat of hydration. Hydrated C-S-H matrix phases with seawater mixing develops with more enriched hydrates and finer microstructure. Compressive strength of the hardened cement paste can increase by 50% when using seawater as the mixing water. Seawater cement paste demonstrates a highly stiffened structure for its rheological behavior at the fresh stage, and it develops a clearly reduced autogenous shrinkage compared to the deionized water cement paste. Formation of Friedel's salt encourages the future studies on chemistry between seawater and cements to beneficially utilize the seawater ingredients to improve the material properties and structural durability.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)891-903
    Number of pages13
    JournalConstruction and Building Materials
    Volume191
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 10 2018

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    Adhesive pastes
    Portland cement
    Ointments
    Seawater
    Hydration
    Cements
    Concretes
    Durability
    Marine applications
    Deionized water
    Hydrates
    Compressive strength
    Macros
    Materials properties
    Salts
    Heat transfer

    Keywords

    • Cement hydration
    • Microstructure
    • Nano-indentation
    • Seawater
    • Sustainability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction
    • Materials Science(all)

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    Multiscale investigations on hydration mechanisms in seawater OPC paste. / Wang, Junjie; Liu, Engui; Li, Liang.

    In: Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 191, 10.12.2018, p. 891-903.

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    Wang, Junjie ; Liu, Engui ; Li, Liang. / Multiscale investigations on hydration mechanisms in seawater OPC paste. In: Construction and Building Materials. 2018 ; Vol. 191. pp. 891-903.
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