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.
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.
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.
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