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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 7243670, 10 pages
Research Article

Study on Strength and Microstructure of Cement-Based Materials Containing Combination Mineral Admixtures

1State Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials for Architectures, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
2Changjiang River Scientific Research Institute, Wuhan 430010, China
3State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China

Received 17 March 2016; Accepted 26 June 2016

Academic Editor: Osman Gencel

Copyright © 2016 Meijuan Rao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The compressive strength of complex binders containing two or three blended mineral admixtures in terms of glass powder (GP), limestone powder (LP), and steel slag powder (SP) was determined by a battery solution type compressive testing machine. The morphology and microstructure characteristics of complex binder hydration products were also studied by microscopic analysis methods, such as XRD, TG-DTA, and SEM. The mechanical properties of the cement-based materials were analyzed to reveal the most appropriate mineral admixture type and content. The early sample strength development with GP was very slow, but it rapidly grew at later stages. The micro aggregate effect and pozzolanic reaction mutually occurred in the mineral admixture. In the early stage, the micro aggregate effect reduced paste porosity and the small particles connected with the cement hydration products to enhance its strength. In the later stage, the pozzolanic reaction of some components in the complex powder occurred and consumed part of the calcium hydroxide to form C-S-H gel, thus improving the hydration environment. Also, the produced C-S-H gel made the structure more compact, which improved the structure’s strength.