Influence of alkali ions on the efficiency of shrinkage reduction by polypropylene glycol in alkali activated systems
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Alkali-activated materials, especially when activated by water glass, exhibit substantial drying shrinkage that hinders their broader industrial application. The effect of shrinkage-reducing admixtures (SRA), based on polypropylene glycol, on drying shrinkage of alkali-activated blast furnace slag (BFS) mortars was examined. The determination of SRA efficiency and the influence of potassium alkali activators with varying silicate modulus on drying shrinkage characteristics were studied. It was observed that a high amount of alkalis positively affected the effect of SRA. The higher the amount of alkalis was, the lower was the drying shrinkage. The paper further discusses and underlines the role of the amount of alkali ions on the properties of alkali-activated BFS systems.
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SourceAdvances in Cement Research. 2018, vol. 1, issue 30, p. 1-5.