Effect of further water curing on compressive strength and microstructure of CO2-cured concrete

Pingping He, Caijun Shi, Zhenjun Tu, Chi Sun Poon, Jiake Zhang

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This study aims to investigate the effects of further water curing on the compressive strength and microstructure of CO2-cured concrete. The results showed that concrete with a residual w/c ratio of 0.25 showed the most rapid strength development rate upon further water curing due to hydration of uncarbonated cement particles. Thermogravimetric, IR-spectrophotometric and scanning electron microscope examinations indicated that further hydration of the cement particles could form C-S-H gel and ettringite crystals. The results showed that the calcite formed during the initial CO2curing was consumed during the further hydration of C3A, and produced calcium monocarbonaluminate hydrate. Also, Ca(OH)2was not detected due to its reaction with the formed silica gel. Mercury intrusion porosimetry test results indicated that the porosity and pore size of the CO2cured mortar decreased further after water curing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-88
Number of pages9
JournalCement and Concrete Composites
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


  • CO curing 2
  • Compressive strength
  • Further water curing
  • Microstructure
  • Residual w/c ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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