Joseph J. Biernacki

Tennessee Tech University

Cement Hydration Kinetics

Portland cement is a complex physical mixture of four anhydrous  synthetic minerals tricalcium silicate (alite), dicalcium silicate (belite), tricalcium aluminate and tetra calcium aluminoferite, and gypsum (calcium sulfate hemihydrate).  The hydration of these compounds is responsible for hardening and the ultimate strength and durability of composites made from portland cement such as concrete and masonry mortar.  This page is dedicated to the dissemination of research being done in my group at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) related to understanding the physical and chemical transformations that occur, particularly the dynamics of such change which is typically referred to as kinetics.

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