Hydration and microwave curing temperature interactions of repair mortars

MANGAT, Pal, ABUBAKRI, Shahriar, GRIGORIADIS, Konstantinos and STARINIERI, Vincenzo (2021). Hydration and microwave curing temperature interactions of repair mortars. Recent Progress in Materials, 3 (4).

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Microwave curing of repair patches provides an energy efficient technique for rapid concrete repair. It has serious economic potential due to time and energy saving especially for repairs in cold weather which can cause work stoppages. However, the high temperatures resulting from the combination of microwave exposure and accelerated hydration of cementitious repair materials need to be investigated to prevent potential durability problems in concrete patch repairs. This paper investigates the time and magnitude of the peak hydration temperature during microwave curing (MC) of six cement based concrete repair materials and a CEM II mortar. Repair material specimens were microwave cured to a surface temperature of 40-45 °C while their internal and surface temperatures were monitored. Their internal temperature was further monitored up to 24 hours in order to determine the effect of microwave curing on the heat of hydration. The results show that a short period of early age microwave curing increases the hydration temperature and brings forward the peak heat of hydration time relative to the control specimens which are continuously exposed to ambient conditions (20 °C, 60% RH). The peak heat of hydration of normal density, rapid hardening Portland cement based repair materials with either pfa or polymer addition almost merges with the end of microwave curing period. Similarly, lightweight polymer modified repair materials also develop heat of hydration rapidly which almost merges with the end of microwave curing period. The peak heat of hydration of normal density ordinary Portland cement based repair materials, with and without polymer addition, occurs during the post microwave curing period. The sum of the microwave curing and heat of hydration temperatures can easily exceed the limit of about 70 °C in some materials at very early age, which can cause durability problems.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.21926/rpm.2104040
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2022 14:22
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2022 14:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29881

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