ISSN 0862-5468 (Print), ISSN 1804-5847 (online) 

Ceramics-Silikáty 64, (1) 18 - 28 (2020)

Ndzila Jaures Syntyche 1, Liu Shuxin 1, Jing Guojian 1, Wang Shuxian 1, Ye Zhengmao 1 , 2
1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan, Shandong 250022, China
2 Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Preparation and Measurement of Building Materials, Jinan, Shandong 250022, China

Keywords: Ye‘elimite, Fe3+ ions substitution, Crystal structure transformation, X-ray diffraction analysis, Rietveld refinement, Phase transition

Ye‘elimite (Ca₄Al₆SO16) is one of the major components of calcium sulfoaluminate cements with a rapid hydration, high early strength, and corrosion resistance. In this study, the mechanism of the phase transition between two phases (Pcc2 and I43m) was examined by controlling the substitution rate of the Fe3+ ions. The results indicated that Ca₄Al₆SO16 was the main product of all the samples at 1250 ̊C in a range from 0 to 25 at.%, which was accompanied by minor calcium aluminate (CA and C12A₇) phases. The substitution of the Fe3+ ions into Ca₄Al₆SO16 promoted the transformation of the crystal structure from Pcc2 to I43m. With the substitution rate reaching 10 at.%, the transformation from Pcc2 to I43m was effective, according to space group of I43m with a=b=c=9.2147(1) Å and V=782.4313(3) ų (Z=2). This effective transformation was formed without a structural change in the temperature dependent XRD analysis. The morphology change in the SEM and the structural disorder in the IR confirmed that there was a change among the different samples doped with the Fe3+ ions. Substitution of the Fe3+ ions for the Al3+ ions revealed that the early hydration kinetics were faster for the Fe3+-doped ye‘elimite phase compared to the pure ye‘elimite phase, which was explained by the presence of minor amounts of the C12A₇ phase in the Fe3+-doped ye‘elimite phase.

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doi: 10.13168/cs.2019.0044
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