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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(10), 1087; doi:10.3390/app7101087

Analysis of Hydration-Mechanical-Durability Properties of Metakaolin Blended Concrete

Department of Architectural Engineering, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon-si 200701, Korea
Received: 25 September 2017 / Revised: 14 October 2017 / Accepted: 16 October 2017 / Published: 19 October 2017
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Abstract

Metakaolin (MK) is a highly active pozzolanic material and MK is increasingly used in producing high performance concrete. This study presents an integrated hydration-mechanical-durability model for evaluating various properties of metakaolin blended concrete. First, a blended hydration model is proposed for simulating the hydration of composite binders containing MK that considers the dilution effect and pozzolanic reaction due to metakaolin addition. The interactions between the metakaolin reaction and cement hydration were taken into account by means of the contents of calcium hydroxide and capillary water in hydrating the composite binder. The reaction degrees of cement and metakaolin were calculated using the hydration model. Second, the gel-space ratio of the MK blended concrete was determined based on the reaction degrees of the composite binders and proportions of concrete mix. Moreover, concrete compressive strength was calculated using the gel-space ratio. Third, the volumetric phase fractions were calculated based on the reaction degrees of the binders. Chloride penetrability of metakaolin blended concrete was analyzed through the capillary porosity of concrete. The proposed integrated hydration-mechanical-durability model is valuable for the material design of metakaolin blended concrete. View Full-Text
Keywords: metakaolin; hydration; strength; chloride penetrability; model metakaolin; hydration; strength; chloride penetrability; model
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Wang, X.-Y. Analysis of Hydration-Mechanical-Durability Properties of Metakaolin Blended Concrete. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1087.

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