Characterization of cement microstructure for the immobilization of nuclear waste using advanced imaging methods

D. L. Engelberg, J. A. Duff, L. Murray, L. Dodds, N. Mobasher, P. J. Withers

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    A range of advanced imaging techniques have been brought together to provide a comprehensive picture of cement microstructure for nuclear waste immobilization. Image analysis of Nirex Reference Vault Backfill (NRVB) has been used to characterize the Calcium-Silicate-Hydrate (C-S-H) matrix fraction. Through weight loss measurements and digital image correlation of OPC-based cement blends we have quantified the development of microstructure surface strains during the initial 48 hrs hardening period. The build-up of displacements on the microstructure scale indicated grain-like compressive areas, surrounded by a network of tensile regions. Serial sectioning of NRVB using ultra-microtome cutting has been explored for advanced high-resolution 3D microstructure characterization, while X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) has been used to obtain information of the 3-D pore space and size distribution of air pores in NRVB non-destructively. © 2012 Materials Research Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings|Mater Res Soc Symp Proc
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9781605114521
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event2012 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA
    Duration: 1 Jul 2012 → …


    Conference2012 MRS Spring Meeting
    CitySan Francisco, CA
    Period1/07/12 → …


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