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Evolution of pore structure in blended systems

In this study, the effect of SCM in the cement paste was isolated by using ternary systems combining Portland cement, quartz and SCM. The results show clear differences in how the hydrates from the reaction of clinker, slag and fly ash fill space. The reaction of slag is more efficient than that of fly ash in modifying the porosity. Our results indicate that Portland cement (PC), slag and fly ash reactions are limited at later ages by the lack of water-filled capillary pores. The higher the space available, with increasing the water/solids ratio, the later the reaction is limited. This explains the lower degree of reaction of SCM in blended systems at high replacement levels

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