Influence of nanolimestone on the hydration, mechanical strength, and autogenous shrinkage of ultrahigh-performance concrete

Wengui Li, Zhengyu Huang*, Tianyu Zu, Caijun Shi, Wen Hui Duan, Surendra P Shah

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Abstract

The influence of nanolimestone/nanoCaCo 3 (NC) on the properties of ultrahigh-performance concrete (UHPC) cured at standard and heat conditions was experimentally investigated. The NC was used at ratios of 1, 2, and 3% as partial mass replacement for cement. Incorporating NC accelerated the hydration reactions of UHPC because of the nucleation effect. On the mechanical properties aspect, a threshold value of the NC content was found so that the compressive, flexural strengths, and flexural to compressive strength ratio of the UHPC were found to increase as the NC content increased towards the threshold content, and then to decrease with the increase of NC contents when the threshold was surpassed. Conversely, replacing cement with NC decreased flowability and increased the amount of autogenous shrinkage of the UHPC. While the NC accelerated the cement hydration process, it also acted as an effective filling material, resulting in enhanced mechanical properties and denser microstructure compared with the control UHPC mixture. Thus, through the use of NC, more environmentally friendly UHPC can be produced by reducing its cement factor and achieving enhanced engineering properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number04015068
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Autogenous shrinkage
  • Hydration
  • Microstructure
  • Nano
  • Ultrahigh-performance concrete (UHPC)
  • nanolimestone/nanoCaCo3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials

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