Sandwiches made of pelleted rice husk ash (RHA) and an OPC/hydrated lime mixture were immersed in distilled water for 7 and 28 days at 25degrees and 40 +/- 1degreesC to study interdiffusion occurring during pozzolanic reaction. For this purpose BSE microphotographs and chemical image maps for Si, Ca, K, Ma, Fe, Al and S were made across the reaction interface of pellets. Furthermore, porosities of RHA pellets were determined. BSE and Ca maps show the formation of a reaction product layer within the space formerly occupied by, RHA. This layer is composed of C-S-H and is thicker in RHA/hydrated lime (125-150 mum) than in RHA/OPC (20-40 mum) pellets after 7 days. Its thickness does not much increase a er 7 days. In a fixed time, reaction extends to greater depth at 20degreesC than 40degreesC , indicating that the pozzolanic reaction rate is not accelerated by temperature in this range.
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