Assessment of the physical-mechanical performance of magnesium oxide-based fiber cement submitted toaccelerated carbonation

A. G. S. Azevedo, T. O. G. Freitas, J. C. A. Molano, H. R. Trevisan, I. M. S. Parente, P. Faria, A. Camões, H. Savastano

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Abstract

In the pursuit of unconventional binders that can reduce energy consumption in production, magnesium oxysulfate (MOS) cement emerges as a viable alternative. Moreover, carbon dioxide (CO2) has been employed in the curing process of certain MOS cement products, such as magnesia fiber cement, due to its capacity to enhance their performance. This study aims to assess the impact of pre-curing prior to accelerated carbonation on the physical-mechanical properties of magnesium oxide fiber cement boards. These boards were manufactured using the Hatschek process simulation and subjected to pre-curing periods of 24, 48, and 72 h postproduction. The relationship between microstructural alterations and the physical-mechanical properties was examined through analyses including water absorption, apparent porosity, apparent density, four-point bending tests, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy analyses. The results indicated that pre-curing had an influence on the physical-mechanical attributes of the manufactured boards. After 72 h, the carbonated materials exhibited a decline in mechanical performance, a phenomenon attributed to the carbonation reactions between CO2and the hydration products responsible for enhancing the mechanical strength of the cementitious materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-317
Number of pages6
JournalCeramica
Volume69
Issue number392
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Keywords

  • accelerated carbonation
  • carbon capture
  • Hatschek process simulation
  • magnesia fiber cement
  • MOS cement

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