Indexed on: 01 Nov '03Published on: 01 Nov '03Published in: Journal of Materials Science
Tetracalcium aluminoferrite phase was prepared from pure chemicals on a laboratory scale. Five mixes were prepared from the prepared C4AF phase, β-hemihydate, phosphogypsum and calcium hydroxide. The mixes were hydrated at various intervals namely, 24, 72, 168 and 336 h. The kinetics of hydration was mentioned by measuring the chemically combined water and combined lime contents. The phase composition and microstructure were studied by FT-IR Spectroscopy, XRD, DTA and SEM techniques. This work aimed to study the effect of partial to fully substitution of β-hemihydrate for phosphogypsum on the hydration characteristics and microstructures of tetracalcium aluminoferrite phase. The mechanism of the hydration of tetracalcium aluminoferrite phase in the presence of phosphogypsum proceeds through a similar manner as in the case of β-hemihydrate and affects to a slight extent the rate of hydration reaction.