Investigation of Pore Structure for Manufactured Sand Mortar


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This paper focuses on the pore structure parameters of mortars produced with manufactured sand and natural sand via water saturation and MIP methods. Test results show that, total porosity, as well as compressive strength, of manufactured sand mortar, is higher than that of natural sand mortar at fixed w/c and s/c ratio. Furthermore, considerable volume of large pores present in specimens of manufactured sand at higher w/c ratio rather not at the lower w/c ratio, which caused by the larger binder-aggregate interface. Manufactured fine aggregate in mortar probably accelerate hydrated reaction of cement, which result in the most probable pore size is finer than that of natural sand mortar. It can be concluded that the threshold region becomes flatten and threshold radius increases due to the aggregate volume concentration rises. Finally, a new theoretical model with a double-lognormal distribution function is demonstrated to be reasonable to fit pore size distribution in mortars.



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Ford Lumban Gaol, Marcus P. Rutner, Mehdi Setareh and Keshav Narain Shrivastava




Z. H. Tian and J. W. Bu, "Investigation of Pore Structure for Manufactured Sand Mortar", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 534, pp. 39-51, 2014

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February 2014




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