Investigating the influence of fly ash on the hydration behavior of cement using an electrochemical method
Journal article, 2019
© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Fly ash is an industrial by-product that is widely used in the cement industry. Traditional methods used to investigate the influence of fly ash on the hydration behavior of cement are destructive and cannot accomplish a continuous tracing of the hydration process. In this study, the influence of fly ash incorporation on the hydration process of cement is evaluated using measured electrochemical data obtained from the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy approach. A novel equivalent circuit model that considers the electrochemical characteristics of cement during the hydration process is proposed to investigate the electrochemical property of the blended cement. The resistance parameter of the model, Rct1, was found to have a positive correlation with hydration degree and compressive strength during hydration. With this parameter, the method can be used to non-destructively trace and characterize the effects of fly ash incorporation on the cement hydration process.
Novel equivalent circuit model
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
Fly ash blended cement