Two sets of hardened cement pastes were prepared by (a) impregnation with polymethyl methacrylate and polystyrene or (b) admixing
with water-soluble condensates(superplasticizers) such as Na-phenol sulphonate formaldehyde, Na-polystyrene sulphonateand
Na-β-naphthol sulphonate formaldehyde. The pastes were hydrated for 180 days. The results of nitrogen adsorption indicated
that polymer impregnation strongly affected the specific surface areas and the total pore volumes of the hardened cement pastes.
XRD analysis, DTA and TG demonstrated (a) the formation of new phases as a result of the interactions involving the polymer
within the pore system of the hydrated products of the impregnated cement pastes, and (b) no change in the phase composition
of the hydrated products of the cement pastes admixed with superplasticizers.