Role and Regulation of the Transition Zone in Realizing High Performance Concrete

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL CONCRETE ABSTRACTS PORTAL

  • The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.

International Concrete Abstracts Portal

  


Title: Role and Regulation of the Transition Zone in Realizing High Performance Concrete

Author(s): Hiroshi Uchikawa

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 171

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 109-130

Keywords: Aggregates; calcium compounds; cement pastes; concretes; drying shrinkage; durability; permeability; pore-size distribution; strength.

Date: 8/1/1997

Abstract:
The transition zone which is formed at the interface between cement paste and aggregate affects decisively the properties of hardened concrete. The transition zone in ordinary concrete consists mainly of a highly porous three dimensional network structure of calcium hydroxide crystals with pores from 50 nm to 2pm in diameter. Its thickness is usually 30 to 4Opm. The structure of the transition zone is closely related to the conditions of concrete manufacturing, including composition and structure of materials, proportions and curing conditions. The effects on concrete properties by the formation of the transition zone and the measure to reduce the formation of the transition zone, which causes the deterioration of concrete quality, are also described.