Use of micro-reactors to obtain new insights into the factors influencing tricalcium silicate dissolution

Prannoy Suraneni, Robert J. Flatt

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A micro-reactor approach, developed previously, is used to study the early dissolution of tricalcium silicate. This approach uses micron-sized gaps mimicking particles in close contact to \understand dissolution, nucleation, and growth processes. The main factors influencing the dissolution kinetics of tricalcium silicate are presented. We show that the presence of defects caused by polishing does not affect the extent of dissolution. A strong effect of aluminum in solution reducing the extent of dissolution is however identified. This effect is highly dependent on the pH, and is much lower above pH 13. We show also that superplasticizers reduce the extent of dissolution; however, the exact reason for this effect is not clear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5008
Pages (from-to)208-215
Number of pages8
JournalCement and Concrete Research
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Dissolution
  • Hydration (A)
  • SEM (B)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)

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