Mapping the distribution of corrosion products in cement exposed to sulfate using energy dispersive X-ray diffraction

Angus P. Wilkinson*, Cora Lind, Stuart R. Stock, Kimberly E. Kurtis, Nikhila Naik, Dean R. Haeffner, Peter L. Lee

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The use of energy dispersive X-ray diffraction (EDXRD) to produce 1 D maps of the phases present inside both an alumina-aluminum test specimen and a 1.0 cm diameter cylinder of type I portland cement paste is discussed. The surface of the cement paste sample was found to be rich in calcium carbonate and deficient in portlandite relative to the bulk. After 7 days exposure to 1000 ppm Na2SO4 there was no evidence for the formation of a surface layer rich in crystalline sulfate containing phases. EDXRD appears to be a powerful tool for the study of sulfate attack on portland cements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EE5.3.1-EE5.3.6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
EventApplications of Synchrotron Radiation Techniques to Materials Science VI - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 16 2001Apr 20 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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