Science & technology blog by CHRYSO
Activation of blended cement by amine additives

In order to reduce CO2 emissions coming from cement production, manufacturers are increasingly making use of supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs). However, the use of SCMs such as slag, fly ash or limestone usually leads to a decrease of cement strength performances, especially at early age. The addition of an efficient activator can allow to compensate this loss of performances. Different molecules and salts can be used […]

Thixotropy and Fill-Free® admixtures

Cement pastes are thixotropic; left at rest, their rheological constants —among which viscosity— increase over time. Under steady shear, cement paste viscosity decreases (which qualifies it as shear-thinning) but may take some time to reach a steady value (which qualifies it as thixotropic). Flow steadiness is highly useful in most concrete operations; as will be […]

Interaction between clays and polycarboxylate superplasticizers

The robustness of PolyCarboxylate Ether (PCE) superplasticizer performance is challenged by the variable amount of clay minerals in aggregates. It will be shown here how a swelling clay like Montmorillonite interacts with polymers, interfering with their ability to disperse cement particles thus influencing the rheological behavior of concrete. Here, the mechanisms governing this interaction will […]