Concrete Science Research Brief: When Concrete Takes (part of) the Heat

September 1, 2011

This research highlights the impact of chemical modifications, namely the calcium-to-silicon ratio, on specific heat capacity of C-S-H. It also highlights the power of the bottom-up approach being developed at MIT. Specifically, the derived functional relations between thermal properties and molecular structures provide a molecular baseline for nanoengineering the thermal performance of cement-based materials that will eventually contribute to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings. MORE