Background – Concrete is made by the combination of cement, water, and aggregate of various sizes to make a workable slurry that has the consistency of a thick milk shake.
|Name||Percent by Weight||Chemical Formula|
|Tricalcium silicate||50%||3Ca0 SiO2|
|Dicalcium silicate||25%||2Ca0 SiO2|
|Tricalcium aluminate||10%||3Ca0 Al2 O3|
|Tetracalcium aluminoferrite||10%||4Ca0 Al2 Fe2 O3|
The binding quality of portland cement paste is due to the chemical reaction between the cement and water, called hydration. Portland cement is not a simple chemical compound, it is a mixture of many compounds. Four of these make up 90% or more of the weight of portland cement: tricalcium silicate, dicalcium silicate, tricalcium aluminate, and tetracalcium aluminoferrite.
- In addition to these major compounds, several other play important roles in the hydration process.
- Different types of cement contain the same four major compounds, but in different proportions.
- The cement in concrete needs water to hydrate and harden.
- Even though the chemical reactions may be complete at the surface of the concrete, the chemical reactions at the interior of the concrete take much longer to complete.
The strength of the concrete keeps growing as long as the chemical reactions continue. When water is added to cement, the chemical reaction called hydration takes place and contributes to the final concrete product. The calcium silicates contribute most to the strength of concrete.
Tricalcium silicates are responsible for most of the early strength (first seven days). The original dicalcium silicate hydrates, which form more slowly, contribute to the strength of concrete at later stages. The following word equations describe the production of concrete. Tricalcium silicate + Water (yields) Calcium silicate hydrate + Calcium hydroxide + heat Dicalcium silicate + Water (yields) Calcium silicate hydrate + Calcium hydroxide + heat Of the five chemical reactions important for providing the strength for concrete the above reactions are the most important.
The two calcium silicates, which constitute about 75 percent of the weight of portland cement, react with water to form two new compounds: calcium hydroxide and calcium silicate hydrate. The latter is by far the most important cementing component in concrete.
- The engineering properties of concrete—setting and hardening, strength and dimensional stability—depend primarily on calcium silicate hydrate gel.
- It is the heart of concrete.
- When concrete sets, its gross volume remains almost unchanged, but hardened concrete contains pores filled with water and air that have no strength.
The strength is in the solid part of the paste, mostly in the calcium silicate hydrate and crystalline phases. The less porous the cement paste, the stronger the concrete. When mixing concrete, therefore, use no more water than is absolutely necessary to make the concrete plastic and workable.
- 1 When water is added to cement Heat is absorbed?
- 2 Does water make cement stronger?
- 3 Does wetting cement make it stronger?
- 4 When water is added to cement which compound is formed at last?
- 5 What causes heat in cement?
- 6 Does water destroy cement?
- 7 Does water soften cement?
- 8 Does cement harden when wet?
What happens when you add water to cement?
What is in This Stuff? The importance of concrete in modern society cannot be overestimated. Look around you and you will find concrete structures everywhere such as buildings, roads, bridges, and dams. There is no escaping the impact concrete makes on your everyday life.
So what is it? Concrete is a composite material which is made up of a filler and a binder. The binder (cement paste) “glues” the filler together to form a synthetic conglomerate. The constituents used for the binder are cement and water, while the filler can be fine or coarse aggregate. The role of these constituents will be discussed in this section.
Cement, as it is commonly known, is a mixture of compounds made by burning limestone and clay together at very high temperatures ranging from 1400 to 1600 ]C. Although there are other cements for special purposes, this module will focus solely on portland cement and its properties.
The production of portland cement begins with the quarrying of limestone, CaCO 3, Huge crushers break the blasted limestone into small pieces. The crushed limestone is then mixed with clay (or shale), sand, and iron ore and ground together to form a homogeneous powder. However, this powder is microscopically heterogeneous.
(See flowchart.) Figure 1: A flow diagram of Portland Cement production. The mixture is heated in kilns that are long rotating steel cylinders on an incline. The kilns may be up to 6 meters in diameter and 180 meters in length. The mixture of raw materials enters at the high end of the cylinder and slowly moves along the length of the kiln due to the constant rotation and inclination. Figure 2: Schematic diagram of rotary kiln. As the mixture moves down the cylinder, it progresses through four stages of transformation. Initially, any free water in the powder is lost by evaporation. Next, decomposition occurs from the loss of bound water and carbon dioxide.
This is called calcination, The third stage is called clinkering. During this stage, the calcium silicates are formed. The final stage is the cooling stage. The marble-sized pieces produced by the kiln are referred to as clinker, Clinker is actually a mixture of four compounds which will be discussed later.
The clinker is cooled, ground, and mixed with a small amount of gypsum (which regulates setting) to produce the general-purpose portland cement. Water is the key ingredient, which when mixed with cement, forms a paste that binds the aggregate together.
The water causes the hardening of concrete through a process called hydration. Hydration is a chemical reaction in which the major compounds in cement form chemical bonds with water molecules and become hydrates or hydration products. Details of the hydration process are explored in the next section. The water needs to be pure in order to prevent side reactions from occurring which may weaken the concrete or otherwise interfere with the hydration process.
The role of water is important because the water to cement ratio is the most critical factor in the production of “perfect” concrete. Too much water reduces concrete strength, while too little will make the concrete unworkable. Concrete needs to be workable so that it may be consolidated and shaped into different forms (i.e.
Walls, domes, etc.). Because concrete must be both strong and workable, a careful balance of the cement to water ratio is required when making concrete. Aggregates are chemically inert, solid bodies held together by the cement. Aggregates come in various shapes, sizes, and materials ranging from fine particles of sand to large, coarse rocks.
Because cement is the most expensive ingredient in making concrete, it is desirable to minimize the amount of cement used.70 to 80% of the volume of concrete is aggregate keeping the cost of the concrete low. The selection of an aggregate is determined, in part, by the desired characteristics of the concrete.
For example, the density of concrete is determined by the density of the aggregate. Soft, porous aggregates can result in weak concrete with low wear resistance, while using hard aggregates can make strong concrete with a high resistance to abrasion. Aggregates should be clean, hard, and strong. The aggregate is usually washed to remove any dust, silt, clay, organic matter, or other impurities that would interfere with the bonding reaction with the cement paste.
It is then separated into various sizes by passing the material through a series of screens with different size openings. Refer to Demonstration 1 Table 1: Classes of Aggregates
|class||examples of aggregates used||uses|
|ultra-lightweight||vermiculite ceramic spheres perlite||lightweight concrete which can be sawed or nailed, also for its insulating properties|
|lightweight||expanded clay shale or slate crushed brick||used primarily for making lightweight concrete for structures, also used for its insulating properties.|
|normal weight||crushed limestone sand river gravel crushed recycled concrete||used for normal concrete projects|
|heavyweight||steel or iron shot steel or iron pellets||used for making high density concrete for shielding against nuclear radiation|
Refer to Demonstration 2 The choice of aggregate is determined by the proposed use of the concrete. Normally sand, gravel, and crushed stone are used as aggregates to make concrete. The aggregate should be well-graded to improve packing efficiency and minimize the amount of cement paste needed.
- Also, this makes the concrete more workable.
- Refer to Demonstration 3 Properties of Concrete Concrete has many properties that make it a popular construction material.
- The correct proportion of ingredients, placement, and curing are needed in order for these properties to be optimal.
- Good-quality concrete has many advantages that add to its popularity.
First, it is economical when ingredients are readily available. Concrete’s long life and relatively low maintenance requirements increase its economic benefits. Concrete is not as likely to rot, corrode, or decay as other building materials. Concrete has the ability to be molded or cast into almost any desired shape.
Building of the molds and casting can occur on the work-site which reduces costs. Concrete is a non-combustible material which makes it fire-safe and able withstand high temperatures. It is resistant to wind, water, rodents, and insects. Hence, concrete is often used for storm shelters. Concrete does have some limitations despite its numerous advantages.
Concrete has a relatively low tensile strength (compared to other building materials), low ductility, low strength-to-weight ratio, and is susceptible to cracking. Concrete remains the material of choice for many applications regardless of these limitations.
Hydration of Portland Cement Concrete is prepared by mixing cement, water, and aggregate together to make a workable paste. It is molded or placed as desired, consolidated, and then left to harden. Concrete does not need to dry out in order to harden as commonly thought. The concrete (or specifically, the cement in it) needs moisture to hydrate and cure (harden).
When concrete dries, it actually stops getting stronger. Concrete with too little water may be dry but is not fully reacted. The properties of such a concrete would be less than that of a wet concrete. The reaction of water with the cement in concrete is extremely important to its properties and reactions may continue for many years.
|Cement Compound||Weight Percentage||Chemical Formula|
|Tricalcium silicate||50 %||Ca 3 SiO 5 or 3CaO, SiO 2|
|Dicalcium silicate||25 %||Ca 2 SiO 4 or 2CaO, SiO 2|
|Tricalcium aluminate||10 %||Ca 3 Al 2 O 6 or 3CaO, Al 2 O 3|
|Tetracalcium aluminoferrite||10 %||Ca 4 Al 2 Fe 2 O 10 or 4CaO, Al 2 O 3, Fe 2 O 3|
|Gypsum||5 %||CaSO 4,2H 2 O|
Table 2: Composition of portland cement with chemical composition and weight percent. When water is added to cement, each of the compounds undergoes hydration and contributes to the final concrete product. Only the calcium silicates contribute to strength. Tricalcium silicate is responsible for most of the early strength (first 7 days). Dicalcium silicate, which reacts more slowly, contributes only to the strength at later times. Tricalcium silicate will be discussed in the greatest detail. The equation for the hydration of tricalcium silicate is given by: Tricalcium silicate + Water->Calcium silicate hydrate+Calcium hydroxide + heat 2 Ca 3 SiO 5 + 7 H 2 O -> 3 CaO,2SiO 2,4H 2 O + 3 Ca(OH) 2 + 173.6kJ Upon the addition of water, tricalcium silicate rapidly reacts to release calcium ions, hydroxide ions, and a large amount of heat. The pH quickly rises to over 12 because of the release of alkaline hydroxide (OH – ) ions. This initial hydrolysis slows down quickly after it starts resulting in a decrease in heat evolved. The reaction slowly continues producing calcium and hydroxide ions until the system becomes saturated. Once this occurs, the calcium hydroxide starts to crystallize. Simultaneously, calcium silicate hydrate begins to form. Ions precipitate out of solution accelerating the reaction of tricalcium silicate to calcium and hydroxide ions. (Le Chatlier’s principle). The evolution of heat is then dramatically increased. The formation of the calcium hydroxide and calcium silicate hydrate crystals provide “seeds” upon which more calcium silicate hydrate can form. The calcium silicate hydrate crystals grow thicker making it more difficult for water molecules to reach the unhydrated tricalcium silicate. The speed of the reaction is now controlled by the rate at which water molecules diffuse through the calcium silicate hydrate coating. This coating thickens over time causing the production of calcium silicate hydrate to become slower and slower. Figure 3: Schematic illustration of the pores in calcium silicate through different stages of hydration. The above diagrams represent the formation of pores as calcium silicate hydrate is formed. Note in diagram (a) that hydration has not yet occurred and the pores (empty spaces between grains) are filled with water. Diagram (b) represents the beginning of hydration. In diagram (c), the hydration continues. Although empty spaces still exist, they are filled with water and calcium hydroxide. Diagram (d) shows nearly hardened cement paste. Note that the majority of space is filled with calcium silicate hydrate. That which is not filled with the hardened hydrate is primarily calcium hydroxide solution. The hydration will continue as long as water is present and there are still unhydrated compounds in the cement paste. Dicalcium silicate also affects the strength of concrete through its hydration. Dicalcium silicate reacts with water in a similar manner compared to tricalcium silicate, but much more slowly. The heat released is less than that by the hydration of tricalcium silicate because the dicalcium silicate is much less reactive. The products from the hydration of dicalcium silicate are the same as those for tricalcium silicate: Dicalcium silicate + Water->Calcium silicate hydrate + Calcium hydroxide +heat 2 Ca 2 SiO 4 + 5 H 2 O-> 3 CaO,2SiO 2,4H 2 O + Ca(OH) 2 + 58.6 kJ The other major components of portland cement, tricalcium aluminate and tetracalcium aluminoferrite also react with water. Their hydration chemistry is more complicated as they involve reactions with the gypsum as well. Because these reactions do not contribute significantly to strength, they will be neglected in this discussion. Although we have treated the hydration of each cement compound independently, this is not completely accurate. The rate of hydration of a compound may be affected by varying the concentration of another. In general, the rates of hydration during the first few days ranked from fastest to slowest are: tricalcium aluminate > tricalcium silicate > tetracalcium aluminoferrite > dicalcium silicate. Refer to Demonstration 4 Heat is evolved with cement hydration. This is due to the breaking and making of chemical bonds during hydration. The heat generated is shown below as a function of time. Figure 4: Rate of heat evolution during the hydration of portland cement The stage I hydrolysis of the cement compounds occurs rapidly with a temperature increase of several degrees. Stage II is known as the dormancy period. The evolution of heat slows dramatically in this stage.
- The dormancy period can last from one to three hours.
- During this period, the concrete is in a plastic state which allows the concrete to be transported and placed without any major difficulty.
- This is particularly important for the construction trade who must transport concrete to the job site.
- It is at the end of this stage that initial setting begins.
In stages III and IV, the concrete starts to harden and the heat evolution increases due primarily to the hydration of tricalcium silicate. Stage V is reached after 36 hours. The slow formation of hydrate products occurs and continues as long as water and unhydrated silicates are present.
- Refer to Demonstration 5 Strength of Concrete The strength of concrete is very much dependent upon the hydration reaction just discussed.
- Water plays a critical role, particularly the amount used.
- The strength of concrete increases when less water is used to make concrete.
- The hydration reaction itself consumes a specific amount of water.
Concrete is actually mixed with more water than is needed for the hydration reactions. This extra water is added to give concrete sufficient workability. Flowing concrete is desired to achieve proper filling and composition of the forms, The water not consumed in the hydration reaction will remain in the microstructure pore space. Figure 5: Schematic drawings to demonstrate the relationship between the water/cement ratio and porosity. The empty space (porosity) is determined by the water to cement ratio. The relationship between the water to cement ratio and strength is shown in the graph that follows. Figure 6: A plot of concrete strength as a function of the water to cement ratio. Low water to cement ratio leads to high strength but low workability. High water to cement ratio leads to low strength, but good workability. The physical characteristics of aggregates are shape, texture, and size.
- These can indirectly affect strength because they affect the workability of the concrete.
- If the aggregate makes the concrete unworkable, the contractor is likely to add more water which will weaken the concrete by increasing the water to cement mass ratio.
- Time is also an important factor in determining concrete strength.
Concrete hardens as time passes. Why? Remember the hydration reactions get slower and slower as the tricalcium silicate hydrate forms. It takes a great deal of time (even years!) for all of the bonds to form which determine concrete’s strength. It is common to use a 28-day test to determine the relative strength of concrete.
- Concrete’s strength may also be affected by the addition of admixtures.
- Admixtures are substances other than the key ingredients or reinforcements which are added during the mixing process.
- Some admixtures add fluidity to concrete while requiring less water to be used.
- An example of an admixture which affects strength is superplasticizer.
This makes concrete more workable or fluid without adding excess water. A list of some other admixtures and their functions is given below. Note that not all admixtures increase concrete strength. The selection and use of an admixture are based on the need of the concrete user.
|AIR ENTRAINING||improves durability, workability, reduces bleeding, reduces freezing/thawing problems (e.g. special detergents)|
|SUPERPLASTICIZERS||increase strength by decreasing water needed for workable concrete (e.g. special polymers)|
|RETARDING||delays setting time, more long term strength, offsets adverse high temp. weather (e.g. sugar )|
|ACCELERATING||speeds setting time, more early strength, offsets adverse low temp. weather (e.g. calcium chloride)|
|MINERAL ADMIXTURES||improves workability, plasticity, strength (e.g. fly ash)|
|PIGMENT||adds color (e.g. metal oxides)|
Table 3: A table of admixtures and their functions. Durability is a very important concern in using concrete for a given application. Concrete provides good performance through the service life of the structure when concrete is mixed properly and care is taken in curing it.
- Good concrete can have an infinite life span under the right conditions.
- Water, although important for concrete hydration and hardening, can also play a role in decreased durability once the structure is built.
- This is because water can transport harmful chemicals to the interior of the concrete leading to various forms of deterioration.
Such deterioration ultimately adds costs due to maintenance and repair of the concrete structure. The contractor should be able to account for environmental factors and produce a durable concrete structure if these factors are considered when building concrete structures.
When water is added to cement the first to react?
Tricalcium aluminate (C3A): Celite is the quickest one to react when the water is added to the cement. It is responsible for the flash setting.
When water is added to cement Heat is absorbed?
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Does water make cement stronger?
3 Ways Moisture Affects Concrete Strength Blog – Construction Drying Water is an essential component when making concrete. The moisture that water provides also gives concrete its strength during the curing process. While water is one of the most important ingredients in concrete, it can also be the most destructive in excessive amounts.
Does wetting cement make it stronger?
DO spray new concrete with water. – Moist curing is a common method of concrete curing. It involves wetting the concrete slab often with water (5-7 times per day) for the first 7 days. This method ensures your concrete slab will be extremely strong and durable, because it allows the moisture to evaporate slowly, preventing cracks and shrinks.
Does cement expand when mixed with water?
Summary: Does Quikrete Expand? – You may be surprised to find out that Quikrete concrete does expand and contract. However, this expansion and contraction is generally minimal and perfectly normal. There are two main reasons this occurs. Quikrete, and all other forms of concrete, are very porous and absorb water like a sponge.
- This absorption can cause some minor expansion that then reverses as the water evaporates.
- Concrete also absorbs lots of heat which causes it to expand and then contract as it cools.
- This is called the freeze/thaw cycle.
- In some cases expansion and contraction due to the freeze/thaw cycle can cause cracks which get worse over time.
It’s because of concrete’s ability to expand and contract that we need expansion joints and control joints. Bridges, buildings, patios, sidewalks and just about every other concrete structure uses them. Expansion and contraction means movement, which is bad for a rigid structure like concrete.
Expansion joints are filled with a soft flt like material that provides a place for concrete to move. Control joints are cuts strategically placed in a concrete slab which allow for cracks. If the concrete needs to crack, it should happen along a control joint. Without these features, concrete slabs could expand into each other and an eventually break.
To prevent expansion due to moisture absorption we seal the concrete. A good sealer locks water out which prevents absorption and therefore expansion. Moisture expansion isn’t typically as big a problem as the freeze/thaw cycle but it’s still an issue.
When water is added to cement which compound is formed at last?
Free CT 1: Building Materials (Building Stones) 10 Questions 10 Marks 7 Mins Explanation: 1. Tricalcium Alu minate: C 3 A is formed within 24 hours of the addition of water in the cement and is responsible for the maximum evolution of heat of hydration.
- It is the first compound that is formed after the addition of water and sets early.2.
- Tetracalcium aluminoferrite: C 4 AF is also formed within 24 hours of the addition of water in the cement but its individual contribution to the overall strength of the cement is insignificant.3.
- Tricalcium silicate: C 3 S is formed within a week or so of the addition of water in the cement and is responsible for the e arly development of the strength of the cement.4.
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Why does cement become hard when mixed with water?
Cement is formed hard By A).DehydrationB). Hydration and dissociation of water C). dissociation of water D). polymerization Answer Verified Hint: A Cement may be a binder, a substance used for construction that sets, hardens, and adheres to other materials to bind them together. Cement is seldom used on its own, but rather to bind sand and gravel together.
Complete answer: Hence, the choice B is the correct answer of the question. Note:
Cement is hardened due to hydration, chemical reactions that occur independently of the mixture’s water content; they will harden even underwater or when constantly exposed to wet weather. The reaction that results when the anhydrous cement powder is mixed with water produces hydrates that aren’t water-soluble.
- The formation of an answer involves the interaction of solute with solvent molecules.
- Many various liquids are often used as solvents for liquid solutions, and water is the most ordinarily used solvent.
- When water is employed because of the solvent, the dissolving process is named hydration.
- The interaction between water molecules and sodium ions is illustrated together in the diagram below.
This is often a typical ion-dipole interaction. At the molecular level, the ions interact with water molecules from all directions during a 3-dimensional space. This diagram depicts the concept of interaction only.Cement is especially used as a binder in concrete, which may be a basic material for all kinds of construction, including housing, roads, schools, hospitals, dams and ports, also as for decorative applications (for patios, floors, staircases, driveways, pool decks) and items like tables, sculptures or bookcases.
Does cement absorb or reflect heat?
Ever wonder why it is cooler in the province than in the city? Grass is our friend in cooling the surroundings. Concrete has this characteristic called “thermal mass” that makes the surroundings hot. Reflectance The heat coming from the sun can bounce from a surface.
- This is called the “solar reflectance,” the ability of a surface to reflect that solar heat back to the surroundings.
- Concrete has higher solar reflectance than grass.
- When solar heat hits the surface of a concrete pavement, more heat is reflected back and the hotter the surroundings will be.
- Grass, on the other hand, has lower solar reflectance.
Less heat is reflected and the cooler your surroundings will be. Photosynthesis Grass eats heat, literally. Through photosynthesis, the grass absorbs the heat coming from the sun and converts it into chemical energy that is needed for it to live. As a waste product, the grass releases oxygen to the environment that is needed for us and other animals to survive.
- It’s the beautiful cycle of life.
- Not to mention, grass also eats carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is the main cause of global warming.
- Visual Grass is visually cooling our minds and our hearts.
- For tens of thousands of years, human beings have been seeing green all around them.
- Green has always been the color of our home in past.
However, until recently, we have seen less of this green around us. All we see now are buildings and roads, and we miss the feeling of being at-home with green surrounding our lives. Whenever we see green, our mood is enhanced and we feel more energy in our blood, according to studies.
This is why grass is visually cooling our minds and our hearts. Thermal Mass Concrete has this characteristic called “thermal mass” where, during hot days it absorbs and stores the heat inside its body, and during the time when it is cooler it releases it to the surroundings. This is why you feel hot during night time when there is no sun.
This is because the concrete in your house is releasing the heat that it absorbed in the morning. Grass, on the other hand, has virtually zero thermal mass. Heat Island Effect Concrete is the main cause of heat island effect. This phenomenon is the reason why it is cooler in the province than in the city, and it has been scientifically proven.
- There are plenty of reasons why this is happening.
- First, there are more human activities in cities than in provinces.
- Second, there are much more pollution and carbon dioxide in cities.
- And third, grass is cooler than concrete.
- Nature-Friendly Planting grass in your backyard is the simplest way that you can do to help climate change.
It will benefit you because your house will be cooler compared to using concrete and it will give you a cooler feel. It will also benefit the environment as grass can help reduce carbon dioxide, lower the global warming, and produce oxygen that we all need in our lives.
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What is water absorption of cement?
Durability Testing – The Absorption Test. Absorption testing is a popular method of determining the water-tightness of concrete. A water absorption test, such as BS 1881-122: 2011 Testing Concrete: Method for Determination of Water Absorption, measures the amount of water that penetrates into concrete samples when submersed.
It doesn’t account for any type of reactive process that ties up water; The assumption that all the weight gain is due to water; and There is only a short duration of submersion compared to what might happen in long term conditions.
Furthermore, absorption testing can result in misleading results when it comes to the use of concrete admixtures. Chemicals, such as those in hydrophilic crystalline waterproofing admixtures like Kryton’s ) react with water and the unhydrated cement to form millions of needle like crystals that block the flow of water through concrete.
- Unfortunately, absorption testing measures the amount of water that penetrates into concrete samples when submersed, yet fails to take into account the inherent use of water in the process, especially in the early stages of curing.
- The absorption tests will improve over time – as the concrete is saturated and crystals continue to grow.
Therefore, when testing durability of concrete that has a crystalline admixture within the mix-design – testing the absorption at later stages will give more realistic results. To acquire the most accurate results, test the concrete at 56 or 90 days, rather than the early stage of 28 days.
- In the end, you are looking for the most definitive results in this process.
- The importance of concrete durability cannot be underestimated, especially when hoping to build a sustainable concrete structure that will last well into the future.
- This is a far better method than the RCP test, which we will talk about next.
However, there is another test where many of the absorption test limitations are avoided. : Durability Testing – The Absorption Test.
What causes heat in cement?
The heat produced by concrete during concrete curing is called heat of hydration. This exothermic reaction occurs when water and cement react. The amount of heat produced during the reaction is mostly related to the composition and fineness of the cement.
Does water destroy cement?
How Standing Water Damages Cement Foundations Standing water can cause a wide variety of problems, none more damaging or costly than the problems it can cause with a home’s foundation. It also depends on what type of water is standing around the foundation.
Rain water collecting and pooling up around the foundation of a home can, believe it or not, enter concrete. Concrete foundations are porous, and water fills in any pores it can find. Over time, the water can seep into the concrete foundation and ultimately break down the concrete. This break down will cause the foundation to crack, which will in turn cause foundations to shift and the home to become unsettled.
Cracks in the ceiling or wall in the inside of the home can be a symptom of a foundation affected by standing water. In the winter, standing water can do the same thing regarding seepage into the concrete. However, cold weather creates a different problem.
The water will seep into the concrete, freeze, and then expand and push the concrete outward rather than breaking it down. This will cause the foundation of the home to swell and push everything in the home up and cause seams in the walls and ceiling. Rain water is one type of water that can be found around the foundation of a home.
However, if water is standing near a foundation and rain water is not suspected, there may be an issue with a broken water line beneath the home. This will create even bigger issues. Aside from the effect standing water can have on concrete or cement foundations, this standing water around the exterior of the home can also soften the soil beneath the foundation and cause the entire home to sink.
- Of course, this sinking issue is a gradual one, but over time can cause a great number of problems over time.
- Pipes can break from the pressure of a changing landscape, and the value of the home can decrease exponentially if any sort of water damage is noticed on the foundation.
- The dangers of water standing or pooling up around the foundation of a home may not be easy to spot, and they may be gradual issues.
But over time, standing water can greatly damage and devalue a home. Functional gutters and water channeling systems are the most effective way to keep water from standing around a home’s foundation. : How Standing Water Damages Cement Foundations
Does water soften cement?
Concrete softening (Carbonate imbalance) – On long term immersion in water (such as in storage reservoirs), cement has a tendency to soften and dissolve, the extent of which is dependent on both the pH and the hardness of the water: the softer the water, the faster the rate of dissolution.
Similarly, limestone’s can also suffer dissolution as they comprise primarily of calcium carbonate. Concretes made with limestone aggregates can therefore be particularly susceptible to this problem, as both aggregates and cement paste can dissolve. Excessive cleaning using high pressure water jetting will remove the softened cement, opening the matrix and this should be avoided.
The susceptibility of stored water to dissolve calcium from concrete or limestone can be determined from the Langelier Index. This is an approximate indicator of the degree of saturation of calcium carbonate in water. If the Langelier Index is negative, then the water is under saturated with calcium carbonate and will tend to be corrosive in the distribution system.
- If the Langelier Index is positive, then the water is over saturated with calcium carbonate and will tend to deposit calcium carbonate forming scale in the distribution system.
- If the Langelier Index is close to zero, then the water is just saturated with calcium carbonate and will neither be strongly corrosive or scale forming.
Concrete softening in a storage reservoir Other references :CIRIA Report 138 Underground service reservoirs waterproofing and repair manual CIRIA Report 69 Review of concrete behaviour in acidic soils and ground waters
How long should concrete be kept wet?
ALLOW PROPER TIME TO WATERCURE SLABS – After concrete is placed, the concrete increases in strength very quickly for a period of 3-7 days. Concrete which is moist cured for 7 days is about 50% stronger than uncured concrete. Water curing can be done after the slab pour by building dams with soil around the house and flooding the slab.
The enclosed area is continually flooded with water. Ideally, the slab could be water cured for 7 days. Some builders on a tight schedule water cure for 3 days as this achieves approximately 80% of the benefit of water curing for 7 days. Consider planning your job to pour at the end of the week, build berms, then flood over the weekend.
You get the benefit of water curing without losing too much time in the schedule. Related Information:
Does cement harden when wet?
Moisture – Water facilitates the curing and hardening processes. Without it, the chemical reactions needed to form the hard crystals that give the concrete its strength can’t take place. Too little water leads to structurally weak concrete, and too much will disrupt effective curing and cause flaking, shrinking, divots or cracks.
- Avoid pouring concrete if rain or storms are likely — puddling and water channels can wear down un-cured concrete, creating imbalanced moisture levels and causing irreversible damage.
- If your concrete has had at least six to eight hours to cure before a quick rainshower, it should be OK — but younger mixtures or heavier, prolonged rains could cause trouble as it absorbs the excess water.
Don’t apply anything to your concrete while it’s still curing — paints and stains can also interfere with moisture content and chemical processes.
Does concrete shrink with water?
Why Does Concrete Shrink? – In order for concrete to hydrate and gain strength over time, the minimum amount of water that is needed is 26 gallons per yard. All water over 26 gallons is only used for pumpability and workability of the concrete mixture.
- During the mixing stages, when more water is added than the design requires for a measured slump, it helps to place and work with the concrete.
- However, the extra water is not used for the hydration process and bleeds out of the concrete.
- As the water leaves the concrete, it creates a volume change, known as drying shrinkage.
If the concrete is not strong enough during the curing process to withstand the tensile forces of this volume change, the concrete will crack.
What is the first product to hydrate when cement is mixed with water?
Phase 1: Initial mixing reaction Initial after mixing the cement and water comes into contact with each other, a peak in temperature happens. The aluminate (C3A) reacts with H2O (Calcium and sulfate ions) to form ettringite (aluminate hydrate). The release of the energy from these reactions causes the initial peak.
What is the primary reaction product of hydration of cement?
Cement hydration products – The main products of cement hydration reactions are calcium silicate hydrate (CSH), calcium hydroxide (CH), and the AFt and AFm phases. The AFt and AFm phases found in hydrated cement are compounds of C 3 A, anhydrite and water.
- The most common AFt phase is ettringite and the most prevalent AFm phase is monosulfate.
- Hydrated Portland cement paste usually consists of about 50% CSH and about 15-to-25% CH by mass.
- The majority of the strength exhibited by hydrated cement paste – specifically strength – can be attributed to CSH.
- C 3 A is the most reactive of the four main cement mineral phases, but it only contributes slightly to early strength gain.
C 3 A readily reacts with water in the cement paste to produce a gel rich with aluminate, a process that releases significant amounts of heat. The heat generated reduces quickly, typically only lasting a few minutes. The resulting gel, however, reacts with the various sulfates in cement, including gypsum, anhydrite, and hemihydrate, and produces ettringite.
Ettringite development in early hydration stages helps control stiffening in plastic concrete. Days into hydration, ettringite is gradually consumed through reactions with C 3 A and is replaced with monosulfate. C 3 S and water react to produce CSH and CH. C 3 S, also called alite, hydrates, reacts and hardens quickly, and is the largest contributor to concrete’s initial set and early strength development.
C 2 S also reacts with water to create CSH and CH. However, C 2 S, or belite, reacts slowly relative to alite, and in turn is a large contributor to concrete strength gain beyond one week of age. C 4 AF is the least prevalent of the main four mineral phases and contributes little to strength development.