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Physical and Chemical Characteristics of Hydrated Paste

Durability of concrete is a function of performance of all three of its main components (hydrated cement paste, aggregate and (if present) reinforcement. This course will specifically focus on the influence of physical and chemical haracteristics of the of hydrated cement paste on the performance of concrete.

Hydrated cement paste (hcp) is a porous, multiphase material deposited in situ as a result of chemical reactions between clinker minerals and gypsum with water. The internal porosity of hcp plays an important role in controlling the durability of concrete as it influences the ingress of moisture (and any dissolved aggressive chemicals). The size and the degree of saturation of pores influence such properties of paste as drying shrinkage or freeze-thaw resistance.

The lectures will review volumetric distribution of phases in hcp (including porosity) and examine the influence of porosity on shrinkage, creep and freeze-thaw resistance of concrete. The interaction of solid phases present in hcp with aggressive chemicals (e.g. chlorides and sulfates) will be discussed to address the issue of resistance of concrete to chemical attack.

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  • Reasonable knowledge of basic chemistry
  • Some knowledge of cements and concrete technology.
  • edX course: CE63100.1 Manufacturing and Hydration of Portland Cement
  • Volumetric phase distribution
  • Capillary stress vs RH and pore radius
  • Shrinkage and creep
  • Role of porosity and permeability
  • Mechanism of frost damage (freezing and thawing process),
  • Effects of deicing chemicals- scaling and chemical degradation
  • Sulfate attack - types and methods of identification
  • Carbonation
  • Degradation in marine environment

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Length 5 weeks
Effort 6 - 8 hours per week
Starts On Demand (Start anytime)
Cost $750
From Purdue University via edX
Instructor Jan Olek
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Tags Engineering

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