In Situ Hydration of Sulfoaluminate Cement Mixtures Monitored by Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction
Mixtures of calcium sulfoaluminate and Portland clinkers with gypsum were hydrated with deionized water. The pastes were introduced in 0.7 mm borosilicate capillary tubes and kept at 40 oC while diffraction patterns were collected every 35 s for approximately 3 hours with a monochromatic radiation of 12 keV at the XRD1 beamline of the Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron (LNLS) in Campinas, SP - Brazil. The main crystalline phases (C2S, C3S, ettringite, ye’elemite and gypsum) involved in the hydration were quantified by Rietveld analysis. The most noticeable fact was the absence of portlandite as a crystalline precipitate, most likely due to the capture of calcium ions to form ettringite.
Clodomiro Alves Junior
C. M. Rossetto et al., "In Situ Hydration of Sulfoaluminate Cement Mixtures Monitored by Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 930, pp. 153-157, 2018