Calorimetry was applied to an investigation of the early hydration of Portland cement (PC)–calcium aluminate cement (CAC)
pastes. The heat evolution measurements were related to the strength tests on small cylindrical samples and standard mortar
bars. Different heat-evolution profiles were observed, depending on the calcium aluminate cement/Portland cement ratio. The
significant modification of Portland cement heat evolution profile within a few hours after mixing with water was observed
generally in pastes containing up to 25% CAC. On the other hand the CAC hydration acceleration effect was also obtained with
the 10% and 20% addition of Portland cement. As one could expect the compressive and flexural strength development was more
or less changed—reduced in the presence of larger amount of the second component in the mixture, presumably because of the
internal cracks generated by expansive calcium sulfoaluminate formation.