This paper reports an experimental study on the magnesium sulphate resistance of mortar specimens incorporating 0, 10 and
20% of metakaolin (MK). The evidence of the attack was evaluated through the content of calcium hydroxide (portlandite) and
formation of magnesium hydroxide (brucite) by thermal analysis (thermogravimetric and derivative thermogravimetric analysis).
The mechanical degradation of the mortar specimens was evaluated through splitting tensile tests after 200 days of exposition
to the magnesium solution. The addition of metakaolin resulted in a reduction in the content of calcium hydroxide and in a
smaller formation of brucite in comparison with reference mixture. A tensile strength loss of about 7% was observed for the
metakaolin mortars submitted to the magnesium solution attack for 200 days.