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Analysis of atomistic structural deformation characteristics of calcium silicate hydrate in 53-year-old tricalcium silicate paste using atomic pair distribution function

Bae, S.*; Jee, H.*; Suh, H.*; Kanematsu, Manabu*; Shiro, Ayumi*; Machida, Akihiko*; Watanuki, Tetsu*; Shobu, Takahisa ; Morooka, Satoshi; Geng, G.*; Suzuki, Hiroshi 

Although the atomistic structure and the deformation characteristics of calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H) are of primary interest in cement chemistry, they have not been fully investigated. In this study, pair distribution function (PDF) analysis was conducted on a 53-year-old fully hydrated tricalcium silicate (C$$_{3}$$S) paste using in situ synchrotron high-energy X-ray scattering to probe the atomic structural deformation of C-S-H under external loading. The results were compared with those from our previous PDF study of a 131-day-old C$$_{3}$$S paste in order to elucidate the effect of aging on the mechanical characteristics of C-S-H. Three different strains measured by the strain gauge, by the lattice shifts (d-spacing) in the reciprocal space, and by the shift of the interatomic distance (r) in the real space were compared. In the range of r $$<$$ 20 ${AA}$, where most of the information was derived from C-S-H, the 53-year-old C$$_{3}$$S paste had a higher overall elastic modulus (18.3 GPa) and better resistance to compressive stress than the 131-day-old C$$_{3}$$S paste (elastic modulus: 8.3 GPa). Moreover, it was found that the macroscopic strains of the 53-year-old C$$_{3}$$S paste were presumably induced by mechanical deformation such as microcracks at the macroscale. The results provide experimental evidence for the atomistic and mesoscale mechanical behavior of C-S-H in the early and late ages.



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