ENG  Vol.3 No.2 , February 2011
Rock Breakage Using Expansive Cement
Abstract: Expansive cements are powdery materials which produce expansive stresses during the moist curing process. These cements are classified as shrinkage-compensated or self-stressing cements. The shrinkage compensated is used in the construction industry and will not be investigated in this paper. Self-Stressing cement is widely used in the demolition & fragmentation industry and will be the main focus of this report. The objective of this paper is to discuss the relationship between Sulfate-compounds on the expansion time and degree of expansion of Betonamit expansive cement. Based on literature [1], expansion time is directly proportional to sulfate content when mixed with Portland cement. Hence, as the sulfate content of the cement mixture increases, expansion time increases. However, in this research project the effect of Portland cement was removed to further examine the effect of sulfate on Betonamit only. This phenomenon was investigated using various concentrations of 4 different Sulfate-compounds. The results proved the possibility of decreasing the expansion time of Betonamit and, quite remarkably, a much greater degree of expansion was obtained.
Cite this paper: A. Dessouki and H. Mitri, "Rock Breakage Using Expansive Cement," Engineering, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2011, pp. 168-173. doi: 10.4236/eng.2011.32020.

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