A simple method for predicting the chloride diffusivity of cement paste

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Title: A simple method for predicting the chloride diffusivity of cement paste

Author(s): J.J. Zheng, X.Z Zhou, Z.M. Wu

Publication: RILEM

Volume: 43

Issue: 1

Appears on pages(s): 99-106

Keywords: Cement Paste, Chloride diffusivity, Effective medium approach, Classical percolation theory

Date: 12/1/2009

Abstract:
A simple method for predicting the chloride diffusivity of cement paste is presented. In this method, cement paste is modeled as a two-phase composite material, consisting of solid matrix and pore space. By incorporating the classical percolation theory into the effective medium approach, an explicit solution is formulated for the chloride diffusivity of cement paste. Two parameters involved in the solution are determined by fitting the solution to experimental data. After the validity of the simple method is verified with experimental results obtained from the literature, the effects of the water/cement ratio and the degree of hydration on the chloride diffusivity of cement paste are evaluated in a quantitative manner. The paper concludes that the proposed simple method can predict the chloride diffusivity of cement paste with reasonable accuracy.


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