Polymerization effects in C-S-H: Implications for Portland cement hydration

D. E. Macphee, E. E. Lachowski, F. P. Glasser

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29Si NMR has been applied to the study of calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) gels. The degree of silicate polymerization in young gels is found to be sensitive to the curing humidity; higher degrees of polymerization are observed for gels cured in drier environments. Compositional effects on polymerization have been investigated and found to be insignificant at CaO/SiO2 ratios greater than about 1.2. At lower lime contents, the predominant silicate species are long chain polymers. The results of the studies on synthetic C-S-H are discussed in relation to the hydration of Ca3SiO5 and historical cement specimens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-137
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Cement Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1988


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