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Microstructure-Based Relative Humidity in Cementitious System Due to Self-Desiccation

Fujian Provincial University Research Center for Advanced Civil Engineering Materials, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, China
College of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, China
Microlab, Section of Materials and Environment, Department of 3MD, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands
Guangzhou University-Tamkang University Joint Research Center for Engineering Structure Disaster Prevention and Control, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China
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Materials 2019, 12(8), 1214;
Received: 15 March 2019 / Revised: 3 April 2019 / Accepted: 8 April 2019 / Published: 13 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Construction and Building Materials)
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The internal relative humidity (RH) plays a crucial role in most of the concrete properties. Self-desiccation caused by continuous cement hydration is a major factor affecting the RH of concrete. This paper investigates the relationship between RH and microstructure for cementitious systems in the case of self-desiccation. A series of paste specimens prepared with different binder and water-binder-ratio (w/b) were cured under sealed conditions from 1 day to 1.5 years. The RH and microstructure of the paste specimens were measured. The microstructure characteristics under study include porosity, pore size, evaporable and non-evaporable water content. The results reveal that the RH of cementitious system drops to a great extent in the first 105 days’ hydration and decreases slowly afterwards. The blended materials such as fly ash, slag or limestone powder have different influences on the RH. A mathematical model between RH and the average pore diameter is proposed for cementitious systems under self-desiccation, regardless of age, w/b or cement type. View Full-Text
Keywords: cementitious system; self-desiccation; relative humidity; microstructure; average pore diameter cementitious system; self-desiccation; relative humidity; microstructure; average pore diameter

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Zhang, Y.; Ouyang, X.; Yang, Z. Microstructure-Based Relative Humidity in Cementitious System Due to Self-Desiccation. Materials 2019, 12, 1214.

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