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Title: Chemical versus Physical Acceleration of Cement Hydration

Author(s): Dale P. Bentz, Franco Zunino, and Didier Lootens

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 38

Issue: 11

Appears on pages(s): 37-44

Keywords: mixture, temperature, setting, strength

Date: 11/1/2016

Cold weather concreting often requires the use of chemical accelerators to speed up the cement hydration, setting, and early-age strength development. While calcium chloride is the most commonly used chemical accelerator, recent research using fine limestone powders has indicated their high proficiency for physically accelerating early-age hydration and reducing setting times. This article presents a comparative study of the efficiency of these two approaches.


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