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Title: Enhancement of recycled aggregate properties by accelerated CO2 curing coupled with limewater soaking process
Authors: Zhan, BJ 
Xuan, DX 
Poon, CS 
Keywords: Recycled aggregates
CO2 curing
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Cement and concrete composites, May 2018, v. 89, p. 230-237 How to cite?
Journal: Cement and concrete composites 
Abstract: Strengthening the attached old cement mortar of recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) is a common approach to enhance the RCA properties. Accelerated CO2 curing has been regarded as an alternative way to enhance the properties of RA. However, the improvement of the properties of RCA was limited by the shortage of reactive components in the old cement mortar available for the carbonation reactions. In this study, a CO2 curing process associated with a limewater saturation method was performed cyclically on cement mortar samples, aiming to enhance the properties of cement mortars via artificially introducing additional calcium into the pores of the cement mortars. The results indicated that the adopted treatment method promoted the level of carbonation which was demonstrated by higher CO2 uptake by the limewater saturated cement mortar when compared to that without limewater treatment. After 3-cycles of limewater-CO2 treatment, the density of the cement mortar slightly increased by 5.7%, while the water absorption decreased by over a half. For mechanical properties, the compressive and flexural strength were increased by 22.8% and 42.4%, respectively. Compared to the untreated cement mortar samples, the total porosity of cement mortar was reduced by approximately 33% and the densified microstructure therefore resulted in a higher microhardness.
ISSN: 0958-9465
EISSN: 1873-393X
DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2018.03.011
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