Investigation of the performance and thermal decomposition of MgO and MgO-SiO 2 formulations
Date of Issue2017
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The use of magnesium oxide (MgO) as the key reactive component within hydraulic binder systems has been reported in many studies. This study investigated the strength and microstructural development of MgO and MgO-SiO2 binder systems under different curing conditions. Concrete samples, whose binder component consisted of only MgO or MgO-SiO2 were subjected to ambient and carbonation curing conditions for 56 days. The compressive strength results were supported with microstructural analysis performed via XRD, TG/DTG and FESEM. While the formation of brucite within MgO samples led to limited strength under ambient conditions, MgO-SiO2 samples demonstrated a steady strength development due to the formation of M-S-H. Incorporation of carbonation curing enhanced the mechanical performance of both systems, enabling rapid strength development that reached up to 77 MPa at 7 days. This increase in strength was associated with the densification of microstructure via the formation of Mg-carbonates, which were assessed via thermal analysis.
© 2017 Elsevier B.V. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Thermochimica Acta, Elsevier B.V. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tca.2017.07.009].