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International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 1259094, 10 pages
Research Article

Morphological Analysis of White Cement Clinker Minerals: Discussion on the Crystallization-Related Defects

1UR05/13-01, Physique des Matériaux Lamellaires et Nanomatériaux Hybrides (PMLNMH), Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, 7021 Zarzouna, Tunisia
2Département de Géologie, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Zarzouna, 7021 Bizerte, Tunisia

Received 23 January 2016; Accepted 28 April 2016

Academic Editor: Valentina Venuti

Copyright © 2016 Mohamed Benmohamed 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 paper deals with a formation of artificial rock (clinker). Temperature plays the capital role in the manufacturing process. So, it is useful to analyze a poor clinker to identify the different phases and defects associated with their crystallization. X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy was used to determine the clinker’s chemical composition. The amounts of the mineralogical phases are measured by quantitative XRD analysis (Rietveld). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to characterize the main phases of white Portland cement clinker and the defects associated with the formation of clinker mineral elements. The results of a study which focused on the identification of white clinker minerals and defects detected in these noncomplying clinkers such as fluctuation of the amount of the main phases (alite (C3S) and belite (C2S)), excess of the free lime, occurrence of C3S polymorphs, and occurrence of moderately-crystallized structures are presented in this paper.