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Performance of Slag Cement with Portland-Limestone Cement in Concrete @ ACI Spring Convention

Professors Doug Hooton (University of Toronto) and Jason Weiss (Oregon State University) will discuss the use of slag cement with portland-limestone cements during the ACI Spring Convention on Wednesday morning March 31st from 10AM - 12PM EST. 

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Performance of Slag Cement with Portland-limestone Cement in Concrete

10AM -12PM EST


Professor Doug Hooton, University of Toronto and Professor Jason Weiss, Oregon State University

Early-age performance of slag cement with Type IL cement has been found to be equal to or better than with Portland cement from the same source. The alumina in the slag cement can react with more of the finely divided limestone to form additional carboaluminate hydrates that then results in reduced porosity and increased early-age strength. There is also reduced permeability, as indicated by ASTM C1202 test results.

While some early published papers indicated a potential concern for an increased risk of low-temperature thaumasite sulfate attack, our extensive long-term tests on concretes have shown that Type IL cement- slag cement combinations are as resistant to sulfate attack as Type I cement-slag cement combinations and more resistant than equivalent w/cm concretes made with Type V cements to both the ettringite and thaumasite forms of degradation.

This presentation will include discussion on these two topics and will also look at some recent projects with these materials.  Speakers will walk through different reaction rates such as resistivity and diffusion with portland limestone cements, strength results and modeling.



DHootonProfessor Doug Hooton is the NSERC/CAC Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability. His research involves finding ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with concrete infrastructure. He investigates the use of materials such as supplementary cementitious materials and ground limestone to produce a stronger and more durable concrete product. His research has informed the specification codes associated with the American Concrete Institute, the Canadian Standards Association and ASTM standards.

He has conducted research on Slag Cement since 1975.

JWeissProfessor Jason Weiss is the Edwards Distinguished Chair in Engineering and the Director of the Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Research. Before joining Oregon State as the Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering he was a faculty member at Purdue University for over 16 years where he held the position of the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Pankow Materials Laboratory. He earned a B.A.E. from the Pennsylvania State University and a MS and PhD from Northwestern University in 1997 and 1999 respectively. He is actively involved in research on cement and concrete materials specifically focused on early age property development, cracking, transport in concrete, and concrete durability. Specifically, he is known for research his group has performed in the areas of shrinkage and cracking reduction, the use of the ring and dual ring test, use of electrical resistivity and the formation factor, use of internally cured concrete, and concrete pavement durability.


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