The Program Content

The following is a description of the workshop format and tentative (preliminary) program.  In keeping with the interactive nature of a workshop, the program has been designed to stimulate discussion while providing enough time for individuals to present their viewpoints and provide input.  The program is tentatively divided into six “Topical” Sessions, though some Topics may be subdivided into sub-Sessions where a large number of presentation proposals have been submitted.  The six tentative Topical Sessions are:


1.       Early Age Hydration (State I, II and III)

1.1   Early Stage Mechanisms

1.2   Modeling

1.3   Instrumentation and Experimentation

2.       Effect of Supplemental Cementitious Materials (SCMs)

3.       Post Peak Hydration (Stage IV)

4.       Thermochemistry and Geochmeical View of Cement Hydration

5.       Admixture Interactions

6.       Alternative Cement Systems


The Session Format

Each Session will be moderated by an appointed individual who is knowledgeable about the subject.  Each Session with have no more than five presentations by a select panel of experts.  Each presentation will be no more than 20 minute in length. The presentations will be followed by an extended moderated discussion period.  Detailed notes will be kept by a student scribe, to be used later as a form of transcript and for publication input.


The Topic format will incorporate as much time as possible for discussion and will focus on the discussion and will in general use the following format:


Opening Remarks – 15 minutes: The Moderator will be permitted to give opening remarks.


Presentations – 100 minutes: Each panelist will be given up to 20 minutes to present his or her viewpoint or recent developments in the field, this should address the Session’s list of questions that were distributed by the Moderator two months in advance.


Discussion – 100 minutes + as necessary: The Moderator will oversee a discussion period wherein the group at large can ask questions of the panel and the panel can interact to address and debate relevant topics.  During this period one of the student participants will record notes to be used by others for documentation.


The Moderator’s Job Description

The moderator of each session will be charged to develop a list of questions and distribute them to the panelists at least two months in advance of the meeting so that the panelists can be prepared to address those questions that they wish to.   These questions should be developed with input from the steering committee and other participants and might be done via this website’s blog feature.  The Moderator should come prepared to cultivate the discussion and keep the Session or sub-Session on track.


Final Program

Since we have many contributions for the Early Age Topic, we plan to break the Early Age Hydration topic into three sub-Sessions (sub-Topical):

8:00 AM Introductions and Welcome
Topic No. 1 Early Age Hydration
Sub Topic 1.1 Mechanisms
8:30-8:45 AM Moderator’s Opening Remarks (JBiernacki)
8:45-9:05 AM Panelist 1 – Jennings: Some Oberservations Relating Kinetics, Chemistry, and Product Structure of Hydrating Cement Paste
9:05-9:25 AM Panelist 2 – Nonat: “Early Hydration of Calcium Silicates: Driving Forces and Limiting Steps”
9:25-9:45 AM Panelist 3 – Schweitzer: “Mechanism of the Induction Period in Cement Hydration Inferred from Nuclear Resonance Reaction Analysis”
9:45-10:05 AM Panelist 4 – Scrivener/Juilland: “Analysis of Induction Period in Terms of Dissolution Theory from Geochemistry”
10:05-10:25 Panelist 5 – Bullard: “Can C-S-H Growth Be Predicted?”
10:25-10:40 BREAK
10:40-12:00 Noon Moderated Panel Discussion
12:00-1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00-2:00 PM Poster Session
Sub Topic 1.2 Modeling
2:00-2:15 PM Moderator’s Opening Remarks (JMarchand)
2:15-2:35 PM Panelist 1 – Dalado “A Molecular Dynamics Study of the Formation of Calcium (Alumino) Silicate Hydrate (C-A-S-H) Gels”
2:35-2:55 PM Panelist 2 – Thomas: “Digital and Mathematical Modeling of the Nucleation and Growth of Cement-Based Materials”
2:55-3:20 PM Panelist 3 – Bishnoi: “Nucleation and Growth Kinetics and the Density of C-S-H”
3:20-3:35 PM Panelist 4 – Biernacki ” Population Balance Modeling of Cement Hydration”
3:35-3:55 Panelist 5 – Roberts: “Admixters and C Ash – A Challenge to Model”
3:55-5:30 PM Moderated Panel Discussion
Topic No. 1 Early Age Hydration
Sub Topic 1.3 Instrumentation and Experimentation (I)
8:00-8:15 AM Moderator’s Opeining Remarks (JSchweitzer)
8:15-8:35 AM Panelist 1 – Sun: “Early Age Microstructural Evolution of Cement Paste”
8:35-8:55 AM Panelist 2 – Hager: Monitoring of Hydration in Cement Systems by Boradband time-Domain- Reflectometry Dielectric Spectroscopy”
8:55-9:15 AM Panelist 3 Sandberg/Cheung: “Use of Isothermal and Semi-Adiabatic Calorimetry…  Pros and Cons”
9:15-9:35 AM Panelist 4 – Luttge: “Vertical Scanning Interferometry (VSI) and Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulation… for the Study of Cement Setting Kinetics”
9:35-9:55 AM Panelist 5 – Balcom: “Monitoring Cement Hydration with Embedded NMR Probes”
9:55-10:30 AM Moderated Panel Discussion
10:30-10:45 AM BREAK
Topic No. 1 Early Age Hydration
Sub Topic 1.3 Instrumentation and Experimentation (I)
10:45-11:05 AM Panelist 1 – Scherer/Peethamparan: “Hydration and Percolation”
11:05-11:25 AM Panelist 2 – Ramlochan: “Early Age Reactions of Sulphate Phases… “
11:25-11:45 AM Panelist 3 – Alizadeh/Beaudoin/Raki: “Nanostructural Metamorphosis and Engineering Behavior of C-S-H in Hydrating Cement Systems”
11:45-12:05 PM Panelist 4 – Chen: A Coupled Nanoindentation/SEM-EDX Study on Low Water/Cement Ratio Portland Cement Paste – Evidence for C-S-H/Ca(OH)2 Nanocomposites
12:05-1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00-2:00 PM Moderated Panel Discussion
Topic No. 3 SCM’s
2:00-2:15 PM Moderator’s Opeining Remarks (Chen)
2:15-2:35 PM Panelist 1 – Hooton: “Pore Fluid Composition and Effect on SCM’s”
2:35-2:55 PM Panelist 2 – Scrivener: :Impact of Hydration Kinetics on SCM’s”
2:55-3:15 PM Panelist 3 – Lothenbach: “Hydration of Blended Cements”
3:15-4:00 PM Moderated Panel Discussion
4:00-4:15 PM BREAK
Topic No. 2 Post Peak Hydration
4:15-4:30 PM Moderator’s Opening Remarks (Juenger)
4:30-4:50 PM Panelist 1 – Livingston: “The Transition to Diffusion-Limited Kinetics in Hydrating Cement Pastes”
4:50-5:10 Panelist 2 – Hansen: Mechanism and Modeling of Cement Hydration
5:10-6:00 PM Moderated Discussion
Topic No. 4 Admixture Interactions
8:00-8:15 AM Moderator’s Opening Remarks (Constantiner)
8:15-8:35 AM Panelist 1 – Silfa: Impact of Accelerators and Retarders… “
8:35-8:55 AM Panelist 2 – Cheung: “Influence of Tertiary Alkanolamines… “
8:55-9:15 AM Panelist 3 – Jeknavorian: “Impact of Water Reducers andn Superplasticizers… “
9:15-9:25 AM Panelist 4 – Raki/Beaudoin/Chan: “Effect of Novel Organo-Mineral Phases… “
9:25-9:45 AM Panelist 5 – Hooton: “Evaluation of Cement Admixture Interaction”
9:45-11:00 AM Moderated Panel Discussion
11:00-11:15 AM BREAK
11:15-noon Discussion and Assignment of Writing Teams
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
Topic No. 5 Thermochemistry and Geochemical Viewpoint
1:00-1:15 PM Moderator’s Opeining Remarks (Thomas)
1:15-1:35 PM Panelist 1 -Myneni: “Probing the Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Aluminum Silicate Hydrate Phases in Alkaline Systesm”
1:35-1:55 PM Panelist 2 – Huet: “Modeling the Effect of C-S-H Incongruent Dissolution on Cement Reactivity in CO2 rich Environment”
1:55-2:30 PM Moderated Panel Discussion
2:15-2:30 PM BREAK
Topic No. 6 Alternative Cement Systems
2:30-2:45 PM Moderator’s Opeining Remarks (Hooton)
2:45-3:05 PM Panelist 1 – Juenger: “Recent Advances in sulfoaluminate-belite Cement Research”
3:05-3:25 PM Panelist 2 – Lothenbach: “Thermodynamic Modeling of the Hydration of Calcim Suloaluminate Cements
3:25-3:45 PM Panelist 3 – Harbec/Tagnit-Hamou: “Hydration of Glass Powder as a Cementitious Material”
3:45-4:05 PM Panelist 4 – Scherer: “The Effect of Pressure on Early Hydration”
4:05-4:30 PM Moderated Panel Discussion
4:30 PM Closing Remarks – Daniel Constantiner (BASF)
Closing Remarks – Karen Scrivener (EPFL/Nanocem)
7:00PM- Steering Committee Dinner and Meeting
(Open to All Workshop Participants)

One Response to “Program”

  1. I am interested in the papers and discussions presented at the Summit on Cement Hydration. When and where will they be avalaible. Thank you.

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