Concrete Science Research Brief: ReaxFF Hydration of Clinker Surfaces

July 1, 2011

This research highlights that the difference in reactivity of alite and belite is inherent to their crystalline structure. This means, from a dissolution kinetics perspective, that a shift from an alite to belite dominated system can be achieved by crystal modifications and surface engineering. The insight thus gained with ReaxFF can enable R&D of clinker phases with higher reaction rates and early strength development. MORE