WIT Press


Influence Of Curing Conditions On The Mechanical Properties And Durability Of Cement Mortars

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MC090361

Volume

64

Pages

11

Page Range

381 - 391

Published

2009

Size

356 kb

Author(s)

J. M. Ortega, V. Ferrandiz, C. Antón, M. A. Climent & I. Sánchez

Abstract

Real structures are hardened in conditions different from the optimum laboratory conditions, where materials are usually tested. The different temperature, and especially the different relative humidity present in the environment, may cause a different microstructure and, as a consequence, different service properties. In this work mortars made with two different cement types are tested in laboratory conditions and at a lower relative humidity. These new environmental conditions cause a slower microstructural development and different durability and mechanical properties at early hardening ages. Keywords: microstructure, environmental conditions, mechanical strength, durability.

Keywords

microstructure, environmental conditions, mechanical strength, durability