Metaettringite, a decomposition product of ettringite.

Eric Edward Lachowski, Q. Zhou, Fredrik Paul Glasser

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Abstract

Dehydroxylation of ettringite in an atmosphere of constant. partial water vapour pressure (30-400 Torr) and controlled temperature (55-95 degreesC) yields an X-ray amorphous product containing 11-13 H2O per ettringite formula unit. The X-ray amorphous product does, however, give electron diffraction patterns similar to those of ettringite but with a considerably reduced from similar to1.123 nm (ettringite) to 0.85 nm in the partially dehydroxylated product, termed metaettringite. The structure of metaettringite is closely related to that of fleischerite, Pb3Ge[(OH)(6)](SO4)(2)(.)3H(2)O and the isostructural despujolsite, Ca3MnIV(SO4)(2)(OH)(6)(.)3H(2)O. These minerals contain columnar units. The columnar structure is like that of etttingite but with closer packing of columns in the a direction, resembling metaettringite.

The mechanism of collapse of ettringite to metaettringite, involving loss of water and motion of columns, cannot be achieved without scissoring and possibly rotation of individual columns; this and other defect-producing mechanisms result in loss of crystallinity of the metaettringite product. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-710
Number of pages7
JournalCement and Concrete Research
Volume34
Issue number34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • ettringite
  • metaettringite
  • AFt phase
  • thermal decomposition
  • calcium sultbaluminate hydrates

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Metaettringite, a decomposition product of ettringite. / Lachowski, Eric Edward; Zhou, Q.; Glasser, Fredrik Paul.

In: Cement and Concrete Research, Vol. 34, No. 34, 2004, p. 703-710.

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Lachowski, Eric Edward ; Zhou, Q. ; Glasser, Fredrik Paul. / Metaettringite, a decomposition product of ettringite. In: Cement and Concrete Research. 2004 ; Vol. 34, No. 34. pp. 703-710.
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