Authors:B. Pacewska, G. Blonkowski, and I. Wilińska
In this work, the pozzolanic and hydraulic properties of ashes originating from various sources were studied in model systems
such as ash and ash-lime pastes. The sources of studied ashes were: fluidized combustion of brown coal, pulverized combustion
of brown coal and pulverized combustion of hard coal. This article is a continuation of our previously published studies on
cement pastes with mentioned ashes.
The following experimental techniques were applied: calorimetry, thermal analysis (TG, DTG) and infrared absorption (IR).
Previously drawn conclusions relating to the reactivity of ashes in an environment containing Ca2+ ions were confirmed. According to these conclusions, an ash originating from fluidized combustion of coal exhibited higher
reactivity compared to other ashes from pulverized combustion. Pozzolanic and hydraulic properties of this ash were also confirmed.
Differences in the behaviour of ashes originating from pulverized combustion of various types of coal in the presence of water
and Ca2+ rich environment were demonstrated.
Authors:Barbara Pacewska, I. Wilińska, and G. Blonkowski
The paper describes an attempt of chemical activation of fly ash and claims the usefulness of combination of such investigation
methods as calorimetry and infrared absorption for investigations of early periods of cement hydration. The research samples
were cement pastes made with an addition of fly ash and admixtures of chemical activators, CaCl2, Na2SO4 and NaOH, whereas a cement paste without fly ash addition and a cement-fly ash paste (both without admixtures) were used
as reference samples. In order to investigate early periods of cement pastes hydration, the amount and rate of heat release
were registered, and IR spectrums were checked at appointed hydration moments.
As a result, it was shown that the combination of calorimetric and IR absorption methods in the investigations of early periods
of cement hydration was useful. It was confirmed that the use of chemical activators CaCl2, Na2SO4 and NaOH accelerated the hydration of cement pastes containing fly ash additive in early hours after adding water. The action
of activators on hydrating cement system is different for each of investigated compounds.
The chemical corrosion and the mechanical strength were studied in cement mortars containing an additive of FBCC under conditions
of long-term action of sodium sulphate solution or saturated brine. The observations have shown that saturated brine is a
more aggressive agent, since it leaches Ca(OH)2 and contributes to the decomposition of the C-S-H phase thus worsening the compressive strength as compared with that of
mortars kept in water. The addition of 20% FBCC inhibits the leaching process and counteracts the decrease of compressive
strength in mortars kept in brine. On the other hand, sodium sulphate solution changes favourably the mortar microstructure,
increases of the content of small pores and improves both the compressive and the flexural strengths, as compared with those
of a mortar kept in water.
The physicochemical properties of spent fluidized bed cracking catalyst and its influence on hydration process of cement slurry
were studied. The samples were cement slurries prepared with water/solid=0.5 and additions of used catalyst amounted to 0,
5, 10, 15, 20 and 25%with resp. to the solid. After definite time they were subjected to thermogravimetric analysis (TG, DTG,
DTA) and, in order to determine the progress of reaction with water, the heat of hydration was measured by means of isotherm
calorimetry. The studies disclosed that the spent cracking catalyst is not merely an inactive filler in cement slurries, but
it modifies the course of the hydration process. The spent catalyst is a pozzolana additive and its presence leads to a decrease
of calcium hydroxide contents in the system. The spent catalyst affect on the heat of cement hydration. Small amounts additive
accelerate the process of binding.
Authors:B. Pacewska, G. Blonkowski, and I. Wilińska
Investigations of physico-chemical properties
of three kinds of fly ash and their influence on cement hydration were performed
in this work. Thermal analysis, microcalorimetry, infrared absorption and
others were used. It was confirmed that the kind of coal and combustion conditions
essentially influence physico-chemical properties of fly ash and in consequence
influence cement hydration. Investigated fly ashes show in cement system so-called
pozzolanic activity. Fly ash from combustion of brown coal in fluidized furnace
revealed better activity compared to other investigated ones. This work is
an introduction to more extensive investigation of fly ash activation.
The influence of spent catalyst from catalytic cracking in fluidized bed on the hydration process of cement and the properties
of cement mortars were studied. The spent catalyst was used as an additive to cement in the mortars (10 and 20% of cement).
The samples of mortars kept in water for28 days, then they were placed in sulfate and chloride media for 2 months (the control
samples were kept in water for 3 months). After this time they were subjected to bending strength and compressive strength
determinations. Thermogravimetric and infrared absorption studies were performed and capillary elevation, capability of binding
heavy metals, and changes in mass and apparent density were determined too. The studies disclosed the pozzolana nature of
spent catalyst and its influence on cement mortars being in contact with corrosive media.
Authors:B. Pacewska, M. Nowacka, I. Wilińska, W. Kubissa, and V. Antonovich
The influence of spent catalyst from catalytic cracking in fluidized bed (FCC) on the hydration of two kinds of calcium aluminate cements (of about 40 and 70% content of alumina) was studied. Cement pastes were prepared with constant ratio of water/binder = 0.5 and with content of 0, 5 and 25% mass of addition as replacement of cement. The samples were stored at room temperature. Thermal analysis (TG, DTG), infrared absorption (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction methods were applied to investigate changes in various periods of hydration (up to 150 days). The compressive strength of cement mortars was also examined. On the basis of presented results it was affirmed that in studied conditions spent FCC catalyst is a reactive addition in calcium aluminate cement (CAC) pastes, which probably can create a new phase type C–A–S–H. It may be an interesting alternative for limitation of the negative phenomenon of conversion of aluminate hydrates, although the degree of the influence of the mineral additive depends on the composition of CAC and of the quantity of the used waste.
Authors:Barbara Pacewska, I. Wilińska, M. Bukowska, G. Blonkowski, and Wiesława Nocuń-Wczelik
The so-called pozzolanic activity of waste catalysts from fluidised cracking was investigated. For this purpose a series of
cement mixtures with this waste material were prepared and subsequently the pastes and mortars were produced. Waste aluminosilicate
catalyst was used both in raw form and after grinding in a ball mill for 60 min. The hydrating mixtures were subjected to
the calorimetric measurements in a non-isothermal/non-adiabatic calorimeter. After an appointed time of curing the hydrating
materials were studied by thermal analysis methods (TG, DTG, DTA). The pozzolanic activity factors were determined, basing
on the compressive strength data. The increased activity of cement — ground pozzolana systems has been thus proved. An accelerated
Ca(OH)2 consumption as well as higher strength were found for materials containing ground waste catalyst, as compared to those, mixed
with the raw one. Thus grinding was also proved to result in mechanical activation in the case of the waste catalyst from