Unsaturated ion diffusion in cementitious materials

A new paper investigates the moisture dependency of ion diffusion in binary cementitious binders with Portland cement (OPC) in combination with slag or silica fume.

Recently scientists investigated the moisture dependency of ion diffusion in binary cementitious binders. Source: fotofrank – stock.adobe.com -

Resistivity measurements and calculations with a thermodynamic model, GEMS, were used to assess the unsaturated chloride diffusion coefficient. The results show that the relation between the relative diffusion coefficient and the degree of saturation is not significantly affected by w/b (in the investigated range of w/b from 0.38 to 0.53), while the investigated binder compositions seem to affect the relation.

Important input data

These results are of value for service-life models, where they potentially represent important input data. The results also highlight the need for considering the pore solution conductivity when using resistivity measurements for evaluation of ion transport properties.

The study is published in: Cement and Concrete Research Volume 108, June 2018, Pages 31-37.

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