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Retardation mechanism of anionic asphalt emulsion on the hydration of Portland cement

Li, W; Hong, J; Zhu, X; Yang, D; Bai, Y; Liu, J; Miao, C; (2018) Retardation mechanism of anionic asphalt emulsion on the hydration of Portland cement. Construction and Building Materials , 163 pp. 714-723. 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.12.150. Green open access

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Abstract

Cement-asphalt (CA) mortar, a grouting material consisting of Portland cement (PC), asphalt emulsion, sand, water and other related admixtures, has been widely used as a cushion layer material in the construction of High-Speed Railways (HSR) during the past decade in China due to its excellent damping property. The fresh and hardened properties of CA mortar are closely related to the PC hydration in the presence of asphalt emulsion. However, the retardation effect introduced by the anionic asphalt emulsion on the hydration process of PC has not been fully understood. In this paper, the effect of an anionic asphalt emulsion on the early hydration process of CA paste was first investigated by setting time test, isothermal conduction calorimeter and electrical resistivity. The MIP and SEM were then employed to characterize the microstructure evolution of the CA paste. Based on the data and observation obtained from the experimental study, three possible retardation mechanisms introduced by the anionic asphalt emulsion on the PC hydration were then assessed in this paper, including (i) selective adsorption by anionic emulsifier via electrostatic attraction, (ii) coating formed by the demulsification of anionic asphalt emulsion, and (iii) reduced reactivity of water molecules in anionic asphalt emulsion.

Type: Article
Title: Retardation mechanism of anionic asphalt emulsion on the hydration of Portland cement
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.12.150
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.12.150
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Anionic asphalt emulsion, Cement hydration, Retardation, Water reactivity
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042102
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