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Influence of Waste Glass Powder Addition on the Pore Structure and Service Properties of Cement Mortars

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Departamento de Ingeniería Civil, Universidad de Alicante, Ap. Correos 99, 03080 Alacant/Alicante, Spain
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Departamento de Obras Civiles, Universidad de la Frontera, Av. Fco. Salazar, Temuco 01145, Chile
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Department of Science and Engineering of Matter, Environment and Urban Planning, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 842; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030842
Received: 6 March 2018 / Revised: 9 March 2018 / Accepted: 15 March 2018 / Published: 16 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Cementitious Materials for the Construction Industry)
At present, reusing waste constitutes an important challenge in order to reach a more sustainable environment. The cement industry is an important pollutant industrial sector. Therefore, the reduction of its CO2 emissions is now a popular topic of study. One way to lessen those emissions is partially replacing clinker with other materials. In this regard, the reuse of waste glass powder as a clinker replacement could be possible. This is a non-biodegradable residue that permanently occupies a large amount of space in dumping sites. The aim of this work is to study the long-term effects (400 days) of the addition of waste glass powder on the microstructure and service properties of mortars that incorporate up to 20% of this addition as clinker replacement. The microstructure has been characterised using the non-destructive impedance spectroscopy technique and mercury intrusion porosimetry. Furthermore, differential thermal analysis was also performed. Compressive strength and both steady-state and non-steady-state chloride diffusion coefficients have also been determined. Considering the obtained results, mortars with 10% and 20% waste glass powder showed good service properties until 400 days, similar to or even better than those made with ordinary Portland cement without additions, with the added value of contributing to sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: waste glass powder; sustainability; microstructure; impedance spectroscopy; durability; mechanical properties waste glass powder; sustainability; microstructure; impedance spectroscopy; durability; mechanical properties
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Ortega, J.M.; Letelier, V.; Solas, C.; Miró, M.; Moriconi, G.; Climent, M.Á.; Sánchez, I. Influence of Waste Glass Powder Addition on the Pore Structure and Service Properties of Cement Mortars. Sustainability 2018, 10, 842.

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