Microstructural characterization of foamed concrete with different densities using microscopic techniques

Numer wydania: 2018/3, strona 216
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In this paper a set of foamed concrete specimens with different densities was prepared, and microscopic techniques such as scanning electron microscopy and X-ray micro-computed tomography were used to characterize the specimens. The pore and solid characteristics of the foamed concrete at different ages were also examined to investigate the effect of aging on the materials. The microstructure of cement matrix and thus the properties of foamed concrete are strongly affected by the density of concrete. As it should be expected, the cement matrix is denser in concrete of higher density and concrete cured for longer period. The pore size distribution of the foamed concrete shows the tendency to be composed of smaller pores as the density of the specimens is increasing and to became more stable after longer curing period.
S.-Y. CHUNG, C. LEHMANN, M. ABD. ELRAHMAN, D. STEPHAN