Magnesia cement in the MgO-CO2-H2O system

Building Materials

A detailed study of the MgO-CO2-H2O system allows creating new inorganic binders. The present research is focused on the process of structure formation during hydration and curing of magnesia composition from active magnesium oxide and magnesium bicarbonate solution. Magnesium hydroxide and magnesium hydrocarbonates, basically hydromagnesite and dypingite are the products of MgO interaction with solution of magnesium bicarbonate Mg(НСО3)2. This was established by means of complex thermal analysis using thermogravimetry (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), mass spectrometry (MS), and electron microscopy. These methods allowed us to define the influence of the curing environment of magnesia composition. Results show that processes of hydration and curing of composition of magnesium oxide with magnesium bicarbonate solution proceed most effectively in water conditions at the course of cyclic reactions of magnesium hydrocarbonate formation. The magnesia composition transforms magnesia cement into the state of hydraulic magnesia cement.