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Determination of amorphous phase levels in Portland cement clinker

  • Phe Man Suherman (a1), Arie van Riessen (a1), Brian O’Connor (a1), Deyu Li (a1), Dick Bolton (a1) and Hans Fairhurst (a1)...

Abstract

The existence of glass or amorphous component in Portland cement clinker has been questioned for a long time. However, besides the crystalline phases, there are reports in the literature of noncrystalline material in cement clinker, which is considered to be the residue of the melt that has failed to crystallize. Absolute phase abundances were determined in this study by Rietveld refinements with laboratory X-ray data, using both internal and external phase composition standards. The results clearly demonstrate the existence of an amorphous component in Portland cement clinker. The presence of an amorphous component was also apparent from diffraction data for clinker from which the silicate phases had been chemically removed, using both laboratory X-ray and synchrotron radiation patterns.

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Determination of amorphous phase levels in Portland cement clinker

  • Phe Man Suherman (a1), Arie van Riessen (a1), Brian O’Connor (a1), Deyu Li (a1), Dick Bolton (a1) and Hans Fairhurst (a1)...

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