Comparison of different techniques to study the nanostructure and the microstructure of cementitious materials with and without superabsorbent polymers

D. Snoeck (Corresponding author), Leo Pel, N. De Belie

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Abstract

It is difficult to study the microstructural porosity in time without destroying the samples and stopping hydration. Current techniques mainly involve mercury intrusion porosimetry and microscopic analysis. These destructive techniques are able to give information on the microstructure, but the nanostructure is affected due to sample preparation. Dynamic vapour sorption is a technique which is not often used to study the nanostructure of cementitious materials and requires the application of different models. Furthermore, nuclear magnetic resonance can be applied to non-destructive study not only the total water content but also the pore size distribution by comparing the T2 relaxation times, and can be combined with cryoporometry. In this paper, these different measuring techniques are compared and linked to each other. The obtained nano- and microstructures are compared to different models found in literature. Pore sizes in the range of 1.5–2 nm and of 8–12 nm are found, reflecting the gel pores. In addition, some bigger capillary pores are found. The measuring techniques are complementary to each other as they study different pore size ranges and are based on different phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-253
Number of pages10
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Volume223
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Cryoporometry
  • Dynamic vapour sorption
  • Internal curing
  • Mercury intrusion porosimetry
  • Microscopy
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance testing

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