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  • 1. 1
    Materials and Molecules - Behind What You See
  • 2. 2
    Materials and Moelcules – Behind What you See(Originally Concretes – Solution to Kyoto)
    Presentation by John Harrison, managing director of TecEco and inventor of Tec and Eco-Cements and the CarbonSafe process.
    TecEco are in the biggest business on the planet – that of solving global warming waste and water problems
    Our slides are deliberately verbose as most people download and view them from the net. Because of time constraints I will have to race over some slides John Harrison B.Sc. B.Ec. FCPA.
  • 3. 3
    Techno-Processes & Earth Systems
    Underlying the techno-process that describes and controls the flow of matter and energy are molecular stocks and flows. If out of tune with nature these moleconomic flows have detrimental affects on earth systems.
    Earth Systems
    Atmospheric composition, climate, land cover, marine ecosystems, pollution, coastal zones, freshwater and salinity.
    Detrimental affects on earth systems
    Move 500-600 billion tonnesUse some 50 billion tonnes
    Make and Use
    To reduce the impact on earth systems new technical paradigms need to be invented that result in underlying molecular flows that mimic or at least do not interfere with natural flows.
  • 4. 4
    Under Materials Flows in the Techno-Processes are Molecular Flows
    Take -> Manipulate -> Make-> Use -> Waste
    [ ←Materials-> ]
    [ ← Underlying molecular flow -> ]
    If the underlying molecular flows are “out of tune” with nature there is damage to the environmente.g. heavy metals, cfc’s, c=halogen compounds and CO2
    MoleconomicsIs the study of the form of atoms in molecules, their flow, interactions, balances, stocks and positions. What we take from the environment around us, how we manipulate and make materials out of what we take and what we waste result in underlying molecular flows that affect earth systems. These flows should mimic or minimally interfere with natural flows.
  • 5. 5
    The Carbon Cycle and Emissions
    Emissions from fossil fuels and cement production are a significant cause of the global warming.
    Units: GtC GtC/yr
    Source: David Schimel and Lisa Dilling, National Centre for Atmospheric Research 2003
  • 6. 6
    Changing the Techno-Processes
    Take => manipulate => make => use => wasteDriven by fossil fuel energy with detrimental effects on earth systems.
    Eco-innovate to create “industrial ecologies”
    Atoms and Molecules in the global commons
  • 7. 7
    Utilizing Carbon and Wastes (Biomimicry)
    The waste from one plant or animal is the food or home for another.
    During earth's geological history large tonnages of carbon were put away as limestone and other carbonates and as coal and petroleum by the activity of plants and animals.
    Sequestering carbon in magnesium binders and aggregates in the built environment mimics nature in that carbon is used in the homes or skeletal structures of most plants and animals.
    In eco-cement blocks and mortars the binder is carbonate and the aggregates are preferably wastes
    We all use carbon and wastes to make our homes! “Biomimicry”
  • 8. 8
    Biomimicry - Ultimate Recyclers
    As peak oil looms and the price of transport is set to rise sharply
    We should not just be recycling based on chemical property requiring sophisticated equipment and resources
    We should be including wastes based on physical properties as well as chemical composition in composites whereby they become local resources.
    The Jackdaw recycles all sorts of things it finds nearby based on physical property.
    The bird is not concerned about chemical composition and the nest it makes could be described as a composite material.
    TecEco cements are benign binders that can incorporate all sort of wastes without reaction problems. We can do the same as the Jackdoor
  • 9. 9
    Energy from Oil
    Peak Oil Production (Campell 2004)
    Most models of oil reserves, production and consumption show peak oil around 2010 (Campbell 2005) and serious undersupply and rapidly escalating prices by 2025. It follows that there will be economic mayhem unless the cement and concrete industry acts now to change the energy base of their products.
  • 10. 10
    Using Wastes and Non-Traditional Aggregates to Make TecEco Cement Concretes
    As the price of fuel rises, theuse of local or on site lowembodied energy materialsrather than carted aggregateswill have to be considered.
    No longer an option?
    The use of on site and local wastes will be made possible by the use of low reactivity TecEco mixes and a better understanding of particle packing. We hope with our new software to be able to demonstrate how adding specific size ranges can make an unusable waste such as a tailing or sludge suitable for making cementitious materials.
    Recent natural disasters such as the recent tsunami and Pakistani earthquake mean we urgently need to commercialize TecEco technologies because they provide benign environments allowing the use of many local materials and wastes without delayed reactions
  • 11. 11
    Huge Potential for More Sustainable Construction Materials
    Reducing the impact of the take and waste phases of the techno-process.
    including carbon in materialsthey are potentially carbon sinks.
    including wastes forphysical properties aswell as chemical compositionthey become resources.
    re engineeringmaterials toreduce the lifetimeenergy of buildings
    Many wastes including CO2 can contribute to physical properties reducing lifetime energies
  • 12. 12
    Impacts of Landfill
    Landfill is the technical term for filling large holes in the ground with waste. Landfills release methane, can cause ill health in the area, leads to the contamination of land, underground water, streams and coastal waters and gives rise to various nuisances including increased traffic, noise, odours, smoke, dust, litter and pests.
    Most damaging is the release of dangerous molecules to the global commons
  • 13. 13
    Economically Driven Sustainability
    New, more profitable technical paradigms are required that result in more sustainable and usually more efficient moleconomic flows that mimic natural flows or better, reverse our damaging flows.
    $ - ECONOMICS - $
  • 14. 14
    Changing the Technical Paradigm
    “By enabling us to make productive use of particular raw materials, technology determines what constitutes a physical resource1”
    Pilzer, Paul Zane, Unlimited Wealth, The Theory and Practice of Economic Alchemy, Crown Publishers Inc. New York.1990
    By inventing new technical paradigms and re-engineering materials we can change the underlying molecular flows that are damaging this planet. It is not hard to do this and it could even be economic. All it takes is lateral thinking and imagination.
  • 15. 15
    Examples of Economic Changes in Technical Paradigms that result in Greater Sustainability
    Led Light
    <20 watts1700 lumens
    25 watts1700 lumens
    100 watts1700 lumens
    Light Globes - A Recent Paradigm Shift in Technology Reducing Energy Consumption
    Light Globes in the last 10 years have evolved from consuming around 100 watts per 1700 lumens to less that 20 watts per 1700 lumens. As light globes account for around 30% of household energy this is as considerable saving.
    Robotics - A Paradigm Shift in Technology that will fundamentally affect Building and Construction
    Construction in the future will be largely done by robots because it will be more economic to do so. Like a color printer different materials will be required for different parts of structures, and wastes such as plastics will provide many of the properties required for the cementitious composites of the future used. A non-reactive binder such as TecEco tec-cements can supply the right rheology, and like a printer, very little will be wasted.
  • 16. 16
    Sustainability = Culture + Technology
    Increase in demand/price ratio for sustainability due to educationally induced cultural drift.
    Greater Value/for impact (Sustainability) and economic growth
    Equilibrium shift
    New Technical Paradigms are required that deliver sustainability.
    Increase in supply/price ratio for more sustainable products due to innovative paradigm shifts in technology.
    Sustainability could be considered as where culture and technology meet.
  • 17. 17
    The TecEco CarbonSafe Industrial Ecology
    The CarbonSafe Geo-Photosynthetic Process is TecEco’s evolving techno-process that delivers profitable outcomes whilst reversing underlying undesirable moleconomic flows from other less sustainable processes.
    Atmospheric or smokestack CO2, brines,waste acid, other wastes
    Potable water, gypsum, sodium bicarbonate, salts, building materials, bottled concentrated CO2 (for geo-sequestration and other uses).
    Solar or solar derived energy
    TecEco MgCO2 Cycle
    Greensols Process
    1.29 gm/l Mg
    Fossil fuels
    Carbon or carbon compoundsMagnesium oxide
  • 18. 18
    The TecEco CarbonSafe Industrial Ecology
    InputsBrinesWaste AcidCO2
    Gypsum, Sodium bicarbonate, Salts, Building materials, Potable water
  • 19. 19
    The CarbonSafe Industrial Ecology
    1.354 x 109 km3 Seawater containing 1.728 1017 tonne Mg or suitable brines from other sources
    Seawater Carbonation Process
    Waste Acid
    Gypsum + carbon waste (e.g. sewerage) = fertilizers
    Bicarbonate of Soda (NaHCO3)
    CO2 from power generation or industry
    Potable water
    Gypsum (CaSO4)
    Sewerage compost
    Other salts Na+,K+, Ca2+,Cl-
    CO2 as a biological or industrial input or if no other use geological sequestration
    Magnesite (MgCO3)
    Solar Process to Produce Magnesium Metal
    Magnesium Thermodynamic Cycle
    Simplified TecEco ReactionsTec-Kiln MgCO3 -> MgO + CO2 - 118 kJ/moleReactor Process MgO + CO2 -> MgCO3 + 118 kJ/mole (usually more complex hydrates)
    CO2 from power generation, industry or out of the air
    Magnesite (MgCO3)
    Magnesia (MgO)
    Hydroxide ReactorProcess
    Sequestration Table – Mg from Seawater
    Other Wastes
  • 20. 20
    Reduction Global CO2 from CarbonSafe Process
  • 21. 21
    Why Magnesium Carbonates for Sequestration?
    Because of the low molecular weight of magnesium, magnesium oxide which hydrates to magnesium hydroxide and then carbonates, is ideal for scrubbing CO2 out of the air and sequestering the gas into the built environment:
    More CO2 is captured than in calcium systems as the calculations below show.
    An area 10km by 10m by 150m deep of magnesium carbonate will sequester all the excess CO2 we release to the atmosphere in a year.
    At 2.09% of the crust magnesium is the 8th most abundant element
    Magnesium minerals are potential low cost. New kiln technology from TecEco will enable easy low cost simple non fossil fuel calcination of magnesium carbonate with CO2 capture for geological sequestration.
  • 22. 22
    The TecEco Dream – A More Sustainable Built Environment
    PERMANENT SEQUESTRATION & WASTE UTILISATION (Man made carbonate rock incorporating wastes as a building material)
    We need materials that require less energy to make them, that last much longer and that contribute properties that reduce lifetime energies
    “There is a way to make our city streets as green as the Amazon rainforest”. Fred Pearce, New Scientist Magazine
  • 23. 23
    Materials in the Built Environment
    The built environment is made of materials and is our footprint on earth.
    It comprises buildings and infrastructure.
    Construction materials comprise
    70% of materials flows (buildings, infrastructure etc.)
    40-50% of waste that goes to landfill (15 % of new materials going to site are wasted.)
    At 1.5% of world GDP Annual Australian production of building materials likely to be in the order 300 million tonnes or over 15 tonnes per person.
    Over 30 billion tonnes of building materials are used annually on a world wide basis.
    Mostly using virgin natural resources
    Combined in such a manner they cannot easily be separated.
    Include many toxic elements.
  • 24. 24
    Impact of the Largest Material Flow - Cement and Concrete
    Some 600 billion tonnes of matter are moved around the planet a year of which some 50 billion tonnes only is used.
    Concrete made with cement is the most widely used material on Earth accounting for some 30% of all materials flows on the planet and 70% of all materials flows in the built environment.
    Global Portland cement production is currently in the order of 2 billion tonnes per annum.
    Globally over 14 billion tonnes of concrete are poured per year.
    Over 2 tonnes per person per annum
    Much more concrete is used than any other building material.
    TecEco Pty. Ltd. have benchmark technologies for improvement in sustainability and properties
  • 25. 25
    Embodied Energy of Building Materials
    Concrete is relatively environmentally friendly and has a relatively low embodied energy
    Downloaded from (last accessed 07 March 2000)
  • 26. 26
    Average Embodied Energy in Buildings
    Most of the embodied energy in the built environment is in concrete.
    Because so much concrete is used there is a huge opportunity for sustainability by reducing the embodied energy, reducing the carbon debt (net emissions) and improving properties that reduce lifetime energies.
    Downloaded from (last accessed 07 March 2000)
  • 27. 27
    Emissions from Cement Production
    Chemical Release
    The process of calcination involves driving off chemically bound CO2 with heat.
    CaCO3 ->CaO + ↑CO2
    Process Energy
    Most energy is derived from fossil fuels.
    Fuel oil, coal and natural gas are directly or indirectly burned to produce the energy required releasing CO2.
    The production of cement for concretes accounts for around 10% of global anthropogenic CO2.
    Pearce, F., "The Concrete Jungle Overheats", New Scientist, 19 July, No 2097, 1997 (page 14).
    CO2 CO2
    Arguments that we should reduce cement production relative to other building materials are nonsense because concrete is the most sustainable building material there is. The challenge is to make it more sustainable.
  • 28. 28
    Cement Production ~= Carbon Dioxide Emissions
    Between tec, eco and enviro-cements TecEco can provide a viable much more sustainable alternative.
  • 29. 29
    TecEco Binder Systems
    Hydration of the various components of Portland cement for strength.
    Reaction of alkali with pozzolans (e.g. lime with fly ash.) for sustainability, durability and strength.
    TecEco concretes are a system of blending reactive magnesia, Portland cement and usually a pozzolan with other materials and are a key factor for sustainability.
    Hydration of magnesia => brucite for strength, workability, dimensional stability and durability. In Eco-cements carbonation of brucite => nesquehonite, lansfordite and an amorphous phase for sustainability.
  • 30. 30
    TecEco Formulations
    Tec-cements (5-15% MgO, 85-95% OPC)
    contain more Portland cement than reactive magnesia. Reactive magnesia hydrates in the same rate order as Portland cement forming Brucite which uses up water reducing the voids:paste ratio, increasing density and possibly raising the short term pH.
    Reactions with pozzolans are more affective. After all the Portlandite has been consumed Brucite controls the long term pH which is lower and due to it’s low solubility, mobility and reactivity results in greater durability.
    Other benefits include improvements in density, strength and rheology, reduced permeability and shrinkage and the use of a wider range of aggregates many of which are potentially wastes without reaction problems.
    Eco-cements (15-95% MgO, 85-5% OPC)
    contain more reactive magnesia than in tec-cements. Brucite in porous materials carbonates forming stronger fibrous mineral carbonates and therefore presenting huge opportunities for waste utilisation and sequestration.
    Enviro-cements (5-15% MgO, 85-95% OPC)
    contain similar ratios of MgO and OPC to eco-cements but in non porous concretes brucite does not carbonate readily.
    Higher proportions of magnesia are most suited to toxic and hazardous waste immobilisation and when durability is required. Strength is not developed quickly nor to the same extent.
  • 31. 31
    TecEco Cement LCA
    TecEco Concretes will have a big role post Kyoto as they offer potential sequestration as well as waste utilisation
    The TecEco LCA model is available for download under “tools” on the web site
  • 32. 32
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Whittlesea, Vic. Australia
    On 17th March 2005 TecEco poured the first commercial slab in the world using tec-cement concrete with the assistance of one of the larger cement and pre-mix companies.
    The formulation strategy was to adjust a standard 20 MPa high fly ash (36%) mix from the company as a basis of comparison.
    Strength development, and in particular early strength development was good. Interestingly some 70 days later the slab is still gaining strength at the rate of about 5 MPa a month.
    Also noticeable was the fact that the concrete was not as "sticky" as it normally is with a fly ash mix and that it did not bleed quite as much.
    Shrinkage was low. 7 days - 133 micro strains, 14 days - 240 micro strains, 28 days - 316 micros strains and at 56 days - 470 microstrains.
  • 33. 33
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Porous Pavement
    Allow many mega litres of good fresh water to become contaminated by the pollutants on our streets and pollute coastal waterways
    Capture and cleanse the water for our use?
  • 34. 34
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Whittlesea, Vic. Australia
    First Eco-cement mud bricks and mortars in Australia
    Tested up twice as strong as the PC controls
    Mud brick addition rate 2.5%
    Addition rate for mortars 1:8 not 1:3 because of molar ratio volume increase with MgO compared to lime.
  • 35. 35
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Earthship Brighton, UK
    By Taus Larsen, (Architect, Low Carbon Network Ltd.)
    The Low Carbon Network ( was established to raise awareness of the links between buildings, the working and living patterns they create, and global warming and aims to initiate change through the application of innovative ideas and approaches to construction. England’s first Earthship is currently under construction in southern England outside Brighton at Stanmer Park and TecEco technologies have been used for the floors and some walling.
    Earthships are exemplars of low-carbon design, construction and living and were invented and developed in the USA by Mike Reynolds over 20 years of practical building exploration. They are autonomous earth-sheltered buildings independent from mains electricity, water and waste systems and have little or no utility costs.
    For information about the Earthship Brighton and other projects please go to the TecEco web site.
  • 36. 36
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Clifton Surf Life Saving Club
    The Clifton Surf Life Saving Club was built by first pouring footings, On the footings block walls were erected and then at a later date concrete was laid in between.
    As the ground underneath the footings was sandy, wet most of the time and full of salts it was a recipe for disaster.
    Predictably the salty water rose up through the footings and then through the blocks and where the water evaporated there was strong efflorescence, pitting, loss of material and damage.
    The TecEco solution was to make up a formulation of eco-cement mortar which we doctored with some special chemicals to prevent the rise of any more moisture and salt.
    The solution worked well and appears to have stopped the problem.
  • 37. 37
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Mike Burdon’s Murdunna Works
    Mike Burdon, Builder and Plumber.
    I work for a council interested in sutainability and have been involved with TecEco since around 2001 in a private capacity helping with large scale testing of TecEco tec-cements at our shack.
    I am interested in the potentially superior strength development and sustainability aspects.
    To date we have poured two slabs, footings, part of a launching ramp and some tilt up panels using formulations and materials supplied by John Harrison of TecEco. I believe that research into the new TecEco cements essential as overall I have found:
    The rheological performance even without plasticizer was excellent. As testimony to this the contractors on the site commented on how easy the concrete was to place and finish.
    We tested the TecEco formulations with a hired concrete pump and found it extremely easy to pump and place. Once in position it appeared to “gel up” quickly allowing stepping for a foundation to a brick wall.
    Strength gain was more rapid than with Portland cement controls from the same premix plant and continued for longer.
    The surfaces of the concrete appeared to be particularly hard and I put this down to the fact that much less bleeding was observed than would be expected with a Portland cement only formulation
  • 38. 38
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => DJ Motors, Hobart
    Tec-Cement concretes exhibit little or no shrinkage. At 10% substitution of MgO for PC the shrinkage is less than half normal. At 18% substitution with no added pozzolan there was no measurable shrinkage or expansion.
    The above photo shows a tec-cement concrete topping coat (with no flyash) 20mm thick away from the door and 80 mm thick near the door. Note that there has been no tendency to push the tiles or shrink away from the borders as would normally be the case.
  • 39. 39
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Island Block and Paver,Tasmania
    TecEco Tec and Eco-Cement blocks are now being made commercially in Tasmania and with freight equalization may be viable to ship to Victoria for your “green” project. Hopefully soon we will have a premix mortar available that uses eco-cement.
  • 40. 40
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Foamed Concretes
    Foamed TecEco cement concretes can be produced to about 30% weight reduction in concrete trucks using cellflow additive or to about 70% weight reduction using a foaming machine with mearlcrete additive (or equivalents)
    BUILD LITE CELLULAR CONCRETE4 Rosebank Ave  Clayton Sth  MELBOURNE  AUSTRALIA 3169PH  61 3 9547 0255    FX  61 3 9547 0266
  • 41. 41
    Tec & Eco Cement Foamed Concrete Slabs
    => Foamed Concrete Slabs
    BUILD LITE CELLULAR CONCRETE4 Rosebank Ave  Clayton Sth  MELBOURNE  AUSTRALIA 3169PH  61 3 9547 0255    FX  61 3 9547 0266
  • 42. 42
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Foamed Concretes Panels
    Imagine a conventional steel frame section with a foamed concrete panel built in adding to structural strength, providing insulation as well as the external cladding of a structure.
    Rigid Steel Framing have developed just such a panel and have chosen to use TecEco cement technology for the strength, ease of use and finish.
    Patents applied for by Rigid Steel Framing
    Please direct commercial enquiries to Rigid Steel Framing at
  • 43. 43
    TecEco Technology in Practice
    => Foamed Concretes Panels
    Rear view of test panels showing tongue and groove and void for services.Interior plasterboard is fixed conventionally over gap for services.
  • 44. 44
    TecEco Technologies Take Concrete into the Future
    More rapid early strength gain even with added pozzolans
    More supplementary materials can be used reducing costs and take and waste impacts.
    Higher strength/binder ratio, provided greater plasticity contributed by magnesia used to reduce water.
    Less shrinkage and cracking
    More durable concretes
    Reducing costs and take and waste impacts.
    Use of wastes including carbon dioxide
    Magnesia component can be made using non fossil fuel energy and CO2 captured during production.
    Tec -Cements
    Tec & Eco-Cements
  • 45. 45
    Tec & Eco-Cement Theory
    Many Engineering Issues are Actually Mineralogical Issues
    Problems with Portland cement concretes are usually resolved by the “band aid” engineering fixes. e.g.
    Use of calcium nitrite, silanes, cathodic protection or stainless steel to prevent corrosion.
    Use of coatings to prevent carbonation.
    Crack control joins to mitigate the affects of shrinkage cracking.
    Plasticisers to improve workability.
    Portlandite and water are the weakness of concrete
    TecEco remove Portlandite it and replacing it with magnesia which hydrates to Brucite.
    The hydration of magnesia consumes significant water
  • 46. 46
    Tec & Eco-Cement Theory
    Portlandite (Ca(OH)2) is too soluble, mobile and reactive.
    It carbonates, reacts with Cl- and SO4- and being soluble can act as an electrolyte.
    TecEco generally (but not always) remove Portlandite using the pozzolanic reaction and
    TecEco add reactive magnesia
    which hydrates, consuming significant water and concentrating alkalis forming Brucite which is another alkali, but much less soluble, mobile or reactive than Portlandite.
    In Eco-Cements brucite carbonates forming hydrated compounds with greater volume
  • 47. 47
    Why Add Reactive Magnesia?
    Reactive magnesia is added to maintain the long term stability of CSH.
    Preventing a reduction in the Ca/Si ratio in CSH.
    To remove water.
    Reactive magnesia consumes water as it hydrates to possibly hydrated forms of Brucite.
    To control long term Ph.
    Reducing reactivity
    To reduce shrinkage.
    To make concretes more durable
    Because significant quantities of carbonates are produced in porous substrates which are affective binders.
    The consequences of putting brucite through the matrix of a concrete in the first place need to be considered
    Reactive MgO is a new tool to be understood with profound affects on most properties
  • 48. 48
    Strength with Blend & Porosity
    Tec-cement concretes
    Eco-cement concretes
    High Porosity
    Enviro-cement concretes
    High OPC
    High Magnesia
  • 49. 49
    Eco-cements are similar but potentially superior to lime mortars because:
    The calcination phase of the magnesium thermodynamic cycle takes place at a much lower temperature and is therefore more efficient.
    Magnesium minerals are generally more fibrous and acicular than calcium minerals and hence add microstructural strength.
    Water forms part of the binder minerals that forming making the cement component go further. In terms of binder produced for starting material in cement, eco-cements are much more efficient.
    Magnesium hydroxide in particular and to some extent the carbonates are less reactive and mobile and thus much more durable.
  • 50. 50
    From air and water
    Mg(OH)2 + CO2 MgCO3.5H2O
    Eco-Cement Strength Development
    • Eco-cements gain early strength from the hydration of PC.
    • 51. Later strength comes from the carbonation of brucite forming an amorphous phase, lansfordite and nesquehonite.
    • 52. Strength gain in eco-cements is mainly microstructural because of
    • 53. More ideal particle packing (Brucite particles at 4-5 micron are under half the size of cement grains.)
    • 54. The natural fibrous and acicular shape of magnesium carbonate minerals which tend to lock together.
    • 55. More binder is formed than with calcium
    • 56. Total volumetric expansion from magnesium oxide to lansfordite is for example volume 811%.
  • 51
    Eco-Cement Strength Gain Curve
    Eco-cement bricks, blocks, pavers and mortars etc. take a while to come to the same or greater strength than OPC formulations but are stronger than lime based formulations.
  • 57. 52
    Eco-Cement Reactions
  • 58. 53
    Eco-Cement Micro-Structural Strength
  • 59. 54
    Eco-cement is based on blending reactive magnesium oxide with other hydraulic cements and then allowing the Brucite and Portlandite components to carbonate in porous materials such as concretes blocks and mortars.
    Magnesium is a small lightweight atom and the carbonates that form contain proportionally a lot of CO2 and water and are stronger because of superior microstructure.
    The use of eco-cements for block manufacture, particularly in conjunction with the kiln also invented by TecEco (The Tec-Kiln) would result in sequestration on a massive scale.
    As Fred Pearce reported in New Scientist Magazine (Pearce, F., 2002), “There is a way to make our city streets as green as the Amazon rainforest”.
    Ancient and modern carbonating lime mortars are based on this principle
  • 60. 55
    CO2 Abatement in Eco-Cements
    For 85 wt% Aggregates
    15 wt% Cement
    Capture CO211.25% mass% reactive magnesia, 3.75 mass% Portland cement, 85 mass% aggregate.
    Emissions.25 tonnes to the tonne. After carbonation. approximately .140 tonne to the tonne.
    No Capture11.25% mass% reactive magnesia, 3.75 mass% Portland cement, 85 mass% aggregate.
    Emissions.37 tonnes to the tonne. After carbonation. approximately .241 tonne to the tonne.
    Portland Cements15 mass% Portland cement, 85 mass% aggregate
    Emissions.32 tonnes to the tonne. After carbonation. Approximately .299 tonne to the tonne.
    Capture CO2. Fly and Bottom Ash11.25% mass% reactive magnesia, 3.75 mass% Portland cement, 85 mass% aggregate.
    Emissions.126 tonnes to the tonne. After carbonation. Approximately .113 tonne to the tonne.
    Eco-cements in porous products absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Brucite carbonates forming lansfordite, nesquehonite and an amorphous phase, completing the thermodynamic cycle.
    Greater Sustainability
    .299 > .241 >.140 >.113Bricks, blocks, pavers, mortars and pavement made using eco-cement, fly and bottom ash (with capture of CO2 during manufacture of reactive magnesia) have 2.65 times less emissions than if they were made with Portland cement.
  • 61. 56
    Aggregate Requirements for Carbonation
    The requirements for totally hydraulic limes and all hydraulic concretes is to minimise the amount of water for hydraulic strength and maximise compaction and for this purpose aggregates that require grading and relatively fine rounded sands to minimise voids are required
    For carbonating eco-cements and lime mortars on the on the hand the matrix must “breathe” i.e. they must be porous
    requiring a coarse fraction to cause physical air voids and some vapour permeability.
    Coarse fractions are required in the aggregates used!
  • 62. 57
    Roman Specifications
    The oldest record: Book II, chapter IV of the Ten Books of Architecture by Vitruvius Pollio.
    According to Vitruvius “the best (sand) will be found to be that which crackles when rubbed in the hand, while that which has much dirt in it will not be sharp enough. Again: throw some sand upon a white garment and then shake it out; if the garment is not soiled and no dirt adheres to it, the sand is suitable” Vitruvious was talking about gritty sand with no fines.
    The 16th century architect Andrea Palladio is renowned for "The Four Books of Architecture“
    translated into English in the early 18th century
    used as a principal reference for building for almost two centuries (Palladio, Isaac Ware translation, 1738).
    In the first book Palladio says, "the best river sand is that which is found in rapid streams, and under water-falls, because it is most purged". In other words, it is coarse. Compare this with most sand for use in mortar today.
    The conclusion form history is that a coarse gritty sand that is not graded for minimum paste is required.
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    Eco-Cement Porous Pavement – A Solution for Water Quality?
    Porous Pavements are a Technology Paradigm Change Worth Investigating
    Before three were cites forests and grassland covered most of our planet.
    When it rained much of the water naturally percolated though soils that performed vital functions of slowing down the rate of transport to rivers and streams, purifying the water and replenishing natural aquifers.
    Our legacy has been to pave this natural bio filter, redirecting the water that fell as rain as quickly as possible to the sea. Given global water shortages, problems with salinity, pollution, volume and rate of flow of runoff we need to change our practices so as to mimic the way it was for so many millions of years before we started making so many changes.
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    Using Wastes and Non-Traditional Aggregates to Make TecEco Cement Concretes
    Many wastes and local materials can contribute physical property values.
    Plastics for example are collectively light in weight, have tensile strength and low conductance.
    Tec, eco and enviro-cements will allow a wide range of wastes and non-traditional aggregates such as local materials to be used.
    Tec, enviro and eco-cements are benign binders that are:
    low alkali reducing reaction problems with organic materials.
    stick well to most included wastes
    Tec, enviro and eco-cements can utilize wastes including carbon to increase sequestration preventing their conversion to methane
    There are huge volumes of concrete produced annually (>2 tonnes per person per year)
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    Solving Waste & Logistics Problems
    TecEco cementitious composites represent a cost affective option for
    using non traditional aggregates from on site reducing transports costs and emissions
    use and immobilisation of waste.
    Because they have
    Lower reactivity
    less water
    lower pH
    Reduced solubility of heavy metals
    less mobile salts
    Greater durability.
    impermeable (tec-cements).
    dimensionally more stable with less shrinkage and cracking.
    No bleed water.
    TecEco Technology - Converting Waste to Resource
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    Role of Brucite in Immobilization
    Layers of electronically neutral brucite suitable for trapping balanced cations and anions as well as other substances.
    Van de waals bonding holding the layers together.
    Salts and other substances trapped between the layers.
    In a Portland cement Brucite matrix
    PC derive CSH takes up lead, some zinc and germanium
    Pozzolanic CSH can take up mobile cations
    Brucite and hydrotalcite are both excellent hosts for toxic and hazardous wastes.
    Heavy metals not taken up in the structure of Portland cement minerals or trapped within the brucite layers end up as hydroxides with minimal solubility.
    The Brucite in TecEco cements has a structure comprising electronically neutral layers and is able to accommodate a wide variety of extraneous substances between the layers and cations of similar size substituting for magnesium within the layers and is known to be very suitable for toxic and hazardous waste immobilisation.
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    Lower Solubility of Metal Hydroxides
    There is a 104 difference
    All waste streams will contain heavy metals and a strategy for long term pH control is therefore essential
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    Tec-Cement Concretes - The Form of MgO Matters - Lattice Energy Destroys a Myth
    Magnesia, provided it is reactive rather than “dead burned” (or high density, crystalline periclase type), can be beneficially added to cements in excess of the amount of 5 mass% generally considered as the maximum allowable by standards prevalent in concrete dogma.
    Reactive magnesia is essentially amorphous magnesia with low lattice energy.
    It is produced at low temperatures and finely ground, and
    will completely hydrate in the same time order as the minerals contained in most hydraulic cements.
    Dead burned magnesia and lime have high lattice energies
    Crystalline magnesium oxide or periclase has a calculated lattice energy of 3795 Kj mol-1 which must be overcome for it to go into solution or for reaction to occur.
    Dead burned magnesia is much less expansive than dead burned lime in a hydraulic binder (Ramachandran V. S., Concrete Science, Heydon & Son Ltd. 1981, p 358-360 )
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    Tec-Cement Reactions
    MgO + H2O => Mg(OH)2.nH2O - water consumption resulting in greater density and higher alkalinity.
    Higher alkalinity => more reactions involving silica & alumina.
    Mg(OH)2.nH2O => Mg(OH)2 + H2O – slow release water for more complete hydration of PC
    MgO + Al + H2O => 3MgO.Al.6H2O ??? – equivalent to flash set??
    MgO + SO4-- => various Mg oxy sulfates ?? – yes but more likely ettringite reaction consumes SO4-- first.
    MgO + SiO2 => MSH ?? Yes but high alkalinity required. Strength??
    We think the reactions are relatively independent of PC reactions
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    More Rapid and Greater Strength DevelopmentHigher Strength Binder Ratio
    • Concretes are more often than not made to strength.
    • 71. The use of tec-cement results in
    • 72. 15-30% more strength or less binder for the same strength.
    • 73. more rapid early strength development even with added pozzolans.
    • 74. Straight line strength development for a long time
    Early strength gain with less cement and added pozzolans is of great economic and environmental importance as it will allow the use of more pozzolans.
    We have observed this sort of curve in over 500 cubic meters of concrete now
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    Tec-Cement Strength Development
    Graphs above by Oxford Uni Student are for standard 1PC:3 aggregate mixes, w/c = .5
    WHITTLESEA SLAB (A modified 20 mpa mix)
    PC = 180 Kg / m3MgO = 15 Kg / m3Flyash = 65 Kg / m3
    Rate of strength development is of great interest to engineers and constructors
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    Reasons for Compressive Strength Development in Tec-Cements.
    • Reactive magnesia increases plasticity and therefore should allow skilled operators to use less water.
    • 77. We admit however that we have done little work with plasticisers yet.
    • 78. Reactive magnesia requires considerable water to hydrate resulting in:
    • 79. Denser, less permeable concrete. Self compaction?
    • 80. A significantly lower voids/paste ratio.
    • 81. Higher early pH initiating more effective silicification reactions?
    • 82. The Ca(OH)2 normally lost in bleed water is used internally for reaction with pozzolans.
    • 83. Super saturation of alkalis caused by the removal of water?
    Brucite gains weight in excess of the theoretical increase due to MgO conversion to Mg(OH)2 in samples cured at 98% RH.
    Dr Luc Vandepierre, Cambridge University, 20 September, 2005.
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    Reasons for Compressive Strength Development in Tec-Cements.
    • Micro-structural strength due to particle packing Cement grains are around 2.5 times the size of magnesia in Australia at around 20 micron. (Magnesia particles at 5-9 micron roughly 2.5 times smaller, which Francois Larrard (1) maintains is a requirement for good packing.)
    • 85. Formation of MgAl hydrates? Similar to flash set in concrete but slower??
    • 86. Formation of MSH?? We do not think relevant.
    • 87. Slow release of water from hydrated Mg(OH)2.nH2O supplying H2O for more complete hydration of C2S and C3S?
    (1) de Larrard, F. (1999). Concrete Mixture Proportioning: A Scientific Approach, E & FN Spon.
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    Greater Tensile Strength
    Mutual Repulsion
    Mutual Repulsion
    Ph 12 ?
    Mutual Attraction
    MgO Changes Surface Charge as the Ph Rises.This could be one of the reasons for the greater tensile strength displayed during the early plastic phase of tec-cement concretes. The affect of additives is not yet known
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    Improved Durability
    Durability is a very important property that is significantly improved with TecEco cements.
    As Paul Hawkins says in his book, ‘The Ecology of Commerce’ something that is made with half as much energy and last twice as long is 80% more sustainable (1)
    The main contributions or our technology are the removal of Portlandite and replacement with a much more stable alkali and reduced shrinkage and cracking.
    (1) Hawken, P. (1993). The Ecology of Commerce. New York, HarperCollins
    Reasons for Improved Durability:
    Reduced shrinkage and Cracking
    Greater Density = Lower Permeability
    Physical Weaknesses => Chemical Attack
    Chemical weaknesses
    Removal of Portlandite with the Pozzolanic Reaction.
    Removal of reactive components
    Substitution by Brucite => Long Term pH control
    Reducing corrosion
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    Durability. Shrinkage and Cracking
    Concretes are said to be less durable when they are physically or chemically compromised.
    Physical factors can result in access to water and chemicals resulting in reactions reducing durability e.g.
    Porosity and
    Cracking due to shrinkage can allow reactive gases and liquids to enter concrete.
    Chemical factors can result in physical outcomes reducing durability e.g.
    Reactivity of lime with aggressive agents such as chloride or sulphate
    Alkali silica reaction opening up cracks allowing other agents such as sulfate and chloride in seawater to enter.
    Other reactions can also occur as a result of the pH being too high.
    This presentation will describe benchmark improvements in durability as a result of using the new TecEco magnesia cement technologies
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    Alkali aggregateReaction
    Settlement Shrinkage
    Freeze Thaw D Cracks
    Photos from PCA and US Dept. Ag Websites
    Corrosion Related
    Autogenous or self-desiccation shrinkage(usually related to stoichiometric or chemical shrinkage)
    TecEco technology can reduce if not solve problems of cracking:
    Related to (shrinkage) through open system loss of water.
    As a result of volume change caused by delayed reactions
    As a result of corrosion.
    Related to autogenous shrinkage
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    Causes of Cracking in Concrete
    Cracking commonly occurs when the induced stress exceeds the maximum tensile stress capacity of concrete and can be caused by many factors including restraint, extrinsic loads, lack of support, poor design, volume changes over time, temperature dependent volume change, corrosion or delayed reactions.
    Causes of induced stresses include:
    Restrained thermal, plastic, drying and stoichiometric shrinkage, corrosion and delayed reaction strains.
    Slab curling.
    Loading on concrete structures.
    Cracking is undesirable for many reasons
    Visible cracking is unsightly
    Cracking compromises durability because it allows entry of gases and ions that react with Portlandite.
    Cracking can compromise structural integrity, particularly if it accelerates corrosion.
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    Graphic Illustration of Cracking
    Autogenous shrinkage has been used to refer to hydration shrinkage and is thus stoichiometric
    After Tony Thomas (Boral Ltd.) (Thomas 2005)
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    Cracking due to Loss of Water
    Brucite gains weight in excess of the theoretical increase due to MgO conversion to Mg(OH)2 in samples cured at 98% RH.
    Dr Luc Vandepierre, Cambridge University, 20 September, 2005.
    Bucket of Water
    Settlement Shrinkage
    Picture from:
    We may not be able to prevent too much water being added to concrete by fools.TecEco approach the problem in a different way by providing for the internal removal/storage of water that can provide for more complete hydration of PC.
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    Solving Cracking due to Shrinkage from Loss of Water
    In the system water plus Portland cement powder plus aggregates shrinkage is in the order of .05 – 1.5 %.
    Shrinkage causes cracking
    There are two main causes of Portland cements shrinking over time.
    Stoichiometric (chemical) shrinkage and
    Shrinkage through loss of water.
    The solution is to:
    Add minerals that fill voids preventing shrinkage or compensate by stoichiometrically expanding and/or to
    Use less water, internally hold water or prevent water loss.
    TecEco tec-cements internally hold water and prevent water loss.
    MgO (s) + H2O (l) ↔ Mg(OH)2.nH2O (s)
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    Preventing Shrinkage through Loss of Water
    When magnesia hydrates it consumes 18 litres of water per mole of magnesia probably more depending on the value of n in the reaction below:
    MgO (s) + H2O (l) ↔ Mg(OH)2.nH2O (s)
    The dimensional change in the system MgO + PC depends on:
    The ratio of MgO to PC
    Whether water required for hydration of PC and MgO is coming from stoichiometric mix water (i.e. the amount calculated as required), excess water (bleed or evaporative) or from outside the system.
    In practice tec-cement systems are more closed and thus dimensional change is more a function of the ratio of MgO to PC
    As a result of preventing the loss of water by closing the system together with possible expansive stoichiometry of MgO reactions (depending on where the water is coming from see below).
    MgO (s) + H2O (l) ↔ Mg(OH)2.nH2O (s)
    40.31 + 18.0 ↔ 58.3 molar mass (at least!)
    11.2 + liquid ↔ 24.3 molar volumes (at least!)
    It is possible to significantly reduce if not prevent (drying, plastic, evaporative and some settlement) shrinkage as a result of water losses from the system.
    The molar volume (L.mol-1)is equal to the molar mass (g.mol-1) divided by the density (g.L-1).
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    Preventing Shrinkage through Loss of Water
    With TecEco Tec-Cements it is important to take advantage of the increased plasticity to add less water so the water for hydration of magnesia is substantially coming from the excess water added to concretes to fluidise them.
    Portland cements stoichiometrically require around 23 -27% water for hydration yet we add approximately 45 to 60% at cement batching plants to fluidise the mix sufficiently for placement.
    If it were not for the enormous consumption of water by tri calcium aluminate as it hydrates forming ettringite in the presence of gypsum, concrete would remain as a weak mush and probably never set.
    26 moles of water are consumed per mole of tri calcium aluminate to from a mole of solid ettringite. When the ettringite later reacts with remaining tri calcium aluminate to form monosulfoaluminate hydrate a further 4 moles of water are consumed.
    The addition of reactive MgO achieves water removal internally in a closed system in a similar way.
    MgO (s) + H2O (l) ↔ Mg(OH)2.nH2O (s)
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    Other Benefits of Preventing Shrinkage through Loss of Water
    Internal water consumption also results in:
    Greater strength
    More complete hydration of PC .
    Reduced in situ voids:paste ratio
    Greater density
    Increased durability
    Higher short term alkalinity
    More effective pozzolanic reactions.
    More complete hydration of PC .
    Small substitutions of PC by MgO result in water being trapped inside concrete as Brucite and Brucite hydrates which can later self desiccate delivering water to hydration reactions of calcium silicates (Preventing so called “Autogenous” shrinkage).
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    Bleeding is a Bad Thing
    Bleeding is caused by:
    Lack of fines
    Too much water
    Bleeding can be fixed by:
    Reducing water or adding fines
    Air entrainment or grading adjustments
    Bleeding causes:
    Reduced pumpability
    Loss of cement near the surface of concretes
    Delays in finishing
    Poor bond between layers of concrete
    Interconnected pore structures that allow aggressive agents to enter later
    Slump and plastic cracking due to loss of volume from the system
    Loss of alkali that should remain in the system for better pozzolanic reactions
    Loss of pollutants such as heavy metals if wastes are being incorporated.
    Concrete is better as a closed system
    Better to keep concretes as closed systems
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    Dimensional Control in Tec-Cement Concretes over Time
    By adding MgO volume changes are minimised to close to neutral.
    So far we have observed significantly less shrinkage in TecEco tec - cement concretes with about (8-10% substitution OPC) with or without fly ash.
    At some ratio, thought to be around 15-18% reactive magnesia there is no shrinkage.
    The water lost by concrete as it shrinks is used by the reactive magnesia as it hydrates eliminating shrinkage.
    Note that brucite is > 44.65 mass% water and it makes sense to make binders out of water!
    More research is required to accurately establish volume relationships and causes for reduced shrinkage.
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    Reducing Cracking as a Result of Volume Change caused by Delayed Reactions
    An Alkali Aggregate Reaction Cracked Bridge Element
    Photo Courtesy Ahmad Shayan ARRB
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    Types of Delayed Reactions
    There are several types of delayed reactions that cause volume changes (generally expansion) and cracking.
    Alkali silica reactions
    Alkali carbonate reactions
    Delayed ettringite formation
    Delayed thaumasite formation
    Delayed hydration or dead burned lime or periclase.
    Other delayed reactions with aggregates
    Delayed reactions cause dimensional distress, cracking and possibly even failure.
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    Reducing Delayed Reactions
    Delayed reactions do not appear to occur to the same extent in TecEco cements.
    A lower long term pH results in reduced reactivity after the plastic stage.
    Potentially reactive ions are trapped in the structure of brucite.
    Ordinary Portland cement concretes can take years to dry out however the reactive magnesia in Tec-cement concretes consumes unbound water from the pores inside concrete.
    Magnesia dries concrete out from the inside. Reactions do not occur without water.
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    Reduced Steel Corrosion Related Cracking
    Rusting Causes Dimensional Distress
    Steel remains protected with a passive oxide coating of Fe3O4 above pH 8.9.
    A pH of over 8.9 is maintained by the equilibria
    Mg(OH)2↔Mg++ + 2OH- (equilbirium pH is 10.48)
    CSH ↔ Ca++ + 2OH- + SiO2 (equilibriam pH is around 11.2)
    for much longer than the pH maintained by Ca(OH)2
    Ca(OH)2↔ Ca++ + 2OH- (equilbirium pH is 12.5)
    Brucite does not react as readily as Portlandite resulting in reduced carbonation rates and reactions with salts.
    Concrete with brucite in it is denser and carbonation is expansive, sealing the surface preventing further access by moisture, CO2 and salts.
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    Reduced Steel Corrosion
    Brucite is less soluble and traps salts as it forms resulting in less ionic transport to complete a circuit for electrolysis and less corrosion.
    Free chlorides and sulfates originally in cement and aggregates are bound by magnesium
    Magnesium oxychlorides or oxysulfates are formed. ( Compatible phases in hydraulic binders that are stable provided the concrete is dense and water kept out.)
    As a result of the above the rusting of reinforcement does not proceed to the same extent.
    Cracking or spalling due to rust does not occur
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    Long Term pH control
    TecEco add reactive magnesia which hydrates forming brucite which is another alkali, but much less soluble, mobile or reactive than Portlandite.
    Brucite provides long term pH control at a lower level in Tec-Cement concretes, but still sufficiently high to prevent corrosion of steel reinforcing .
    A pH in the range 10.5 (the equilibrium pH of brucite and 11.2 (the equilibrium pH of CSH) is ideal in a concrete
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    Steel Corrosion is Influenced by Long Term pH
    In TecEco cements the long term pH is governed by the low solubility and carbonation rate of brucite and is much lower at around 10.5 -11, allowing a wider range of aggregates to be used, reducing problems such as AAR and etching. The pH is still high enough to keep Fe3O4 stable in reducing conditions.
    Eh-pH or Pourbaix Diagram The stability fields of hematite, magnetite and siderite
    in aqueous solution; total dissolved carbonate = 10-2M.
    Steel corrodes below 8.9
    Equilibrium pH of Brucite and of lime
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    Reducing Cracking Related to Autogenous Shrinkage
    Autogenous shrinkage tends to occur in high performance concretes in which dense microstructures develop quickly preventing the entry of additional water required to complete hydration.
    First defined by Lynam in 1934 (Lynam CG. Growth and movement in Portland cement concrete. London: Oxford University Press; 1934. p. 26-7.)
    The autogenous deformation of concrete is defined as the unrestrained, bulk deformation that occurs when concrete is kept sealed and at a constant temperature.
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    Reducing Cracking Related to Autogenous Shrinkage
    The main cause of autogenous shrinkage is stoichiometric or chemical shrinkage as observed by Le Chatelier.
    whereby the reaction products formed during the hydration of cement occupy less space than the corresponding reactants.
    A dense cement paste hydrating under sealed conditions will therefore self-desiccate creating empty pores within developing structure. If external water is not available to fill these “empty” pores, considerable shrinkage can result.
    Le Chatelier H. Sur les changements de volume qui accompagnent Ie durcissement des ciments. Bulletin de la Societe d'Encouragement pour I'Industrie Nationale 1900:54-7.
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    Reducing Cracking Related to Autogenous Shrinkage
    Autogenous shrinkage should not occur in high strength tec-cement concretes because:
    The brucite hydrates that form desiccate back to brucite delivering water in situ for more complete hydration of Portland cement.
    Mg(OH)2.nH2O (s) ↔ MgO (s) + H2O (l)
    Note that as brucite is a relatively weak mineral is can be compressed densifying the microstructure.
    The stoichiometric shrinkage of Portland cement (first observed by Le Chatelier) is compensated for by the stoichiometric expansion of magnesium oxide on hydration (provided no additional water is added and plasticity is taken advantage of).
    MgO (s) + H2O (l) ↔ Mg(OH)2.nH2O (s)
    40.31 + 18.0 ↔ 58.3 molar mass (at least!)
    11.2 + liquid ↔ 24.3 molar volumes (at least 116% expansion, probably more initially before desiccation as above!)
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    Reduced Permeability
    As bleed water exits ordinary Portland cement concretes it creates an interconnected pore structure that remains in concrete allowing the entry of aggressive agents such as SO4--, Cl- and CO2
    TecEco tec - cement concretes are a closed system. They do not bleed as excess water is consumed by the hydration of magnesia.
    As a result TecEco tec - cement concretes dry from within, are denser and less permeable and therefore stronger more durable and less permeable. Cement powder is not lost near the surfaces. Tec-cements have a higher salt resistance and less corrosion of steel etc.
    The magnesia component of TecEco cements will always carbonate near the surface of concretes and because of the high mass of hydrated carbonates that forms, expansion will seal that surface.
    On carbonation to nesquehonite brucite expands 307% sealing the surface.
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    Greater Density – Lower Permeability
    Concretes have a high percentage (around 18% – 22%) of voids.
    On hydration magnesia expands >=116.9 % filling voids and surrounding hydrating cement grains => denser concrete.
    Lower voids:paste ratios than water:binder ratios result in little or no bleed water, lower permeability and greater density.
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    Densification During the Plastic Phase
    Consumption of water during plastic stage
    Water is required to plasticise concrete for placement, however once placed, the less water over the amount required for hydration the better. Magnesia consumes water as it hydrates producing solid material.
    Observable Characteristic
    Relevant Fundamental
    Variables such as % hydration of mineral, density, compaction, % mineral H20 etc.
    Hydrated Binder Materials
    Binder + supplementary cementitious materials
    Unhydrated Binder
    Less water for strength and durability
    High water for ease of placement
    Less water results in increased density and concentration and early reaction of alkalis - less shrinkage and cracking and improved strength and durability.
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    Durability - Reduced Salt & Acid Attack
    Brucite has always played a protective role during salt attack. Putting it in the matrix of concretes in the first place makes sense.
    Brucite does not react with salts because it has a lower pH and is a least 5 orders of magnitude less soluble, mobile or reactive.
    Ksp brucite = 1.8 X 10-11
    Ksp Portlandite = 5.5 X 10-6
    TecEco cements are more acid resistant than Portland cement
    This is because of the relatively high acid resistance (?) of Lansfordite and nesquehonite compared to calcite or aragonite
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    Less Freeze - Thaw Problems
    Denser concretes do not let water in.
    Brucite will to a certain extent take up internal stresses
    When magnesia hydrates it expands into the pores left around hydrating cement grains:
    MgO (s) + H2O (l) ↔ Mg(OH)2 (s)
    40.31 + 18.0 ↔ 58.3 molar mass
    11.2 + 18.0 ↔ 24.3 molar volumes
    39.20 ↔ 24.3 molar volumes
    At least 38% air voids are created in space that was occupied by magnesia and water!
    Air entrainment can also be used as in conventional concretes
    TecEco concretes are not attacked by the salts used on roads
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    Rosendale Concretes – Proof of Durability
    Rosendale cements contained 14 – 30% MgO
    A major structure built with Rosendale cements commenced in 1846 was Fort Jefferson near key west in Florida.
    Rosendale cements were recognized for their exceptional durability, even under severe exposure. At Fort Jefferson much of the 150 year-old Rosendale cement mortar remains in excellent condition, in spite of the severe ocean exposure and over 100 years of neglect. Fort Jefferson is nearly a half mile in circumference and has a total lack of expansion joints, yet shows no signs of cracking or stress. The first phase of a major restoration is currently in progress.
    More information from
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    Easier to Finish Concretes
    Easier to pump and finish concretes are likely to have less water added to them resulting in less cracking
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    Shear Thinning Rheology
    The strongly positively charged small Mg++ ions attract water (which is polar) in deep layers introduce a shear thinning property affecting the rheological properties and making concretes less “sticky” with added pozzolan
    It is not known how deep these layers get
    Ca++ = 114, Mg++ = 86 picometres
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    Understanding Water - Bingham Plastic Rheology
    TecEco concretes and mortars are:
    Very homogenous and do not segregate easily.
    Exhibit good adhesion and have a shear thinning property.
    Exhibit Bingham plastic qualities and
    React well to energy input displaying good workability
    TecEco concretes with the same water/binder ratio have a lower slump but greater plasticity and workability.
    TecEco tec-cements are potentially suitable for mortars, renders, patch cements, colour coatings, pumpable and self compacting concretes.
    A range of pumpable composites with Bingham plastic properties will be required in the future as buildings will be “printed.”