Materiales de Construcción, Vol 55, No 278 (2005)

Validation of a kinetic-diffusive model to characterize pozzolanic reaction kinetics in sugar cane straw-clay ash/lime systems


https://doi.org/10.3989/mc.2005.v55.i278.187

E. Villar-Cociña
Universidad Central de Las Villas, Cuba, Cuba

M. Frías Rojas
Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja (CSIC),, Spain

I. E. Valencia-Morales
de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja (CSIC), Spain

M.I. Sánchez de Rojas
Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja (CSIC), Spain

Abstract


A kinetic-diffusive model proposed by the authors in previous papers to describe pozzolanic reaction kinetics in sugar cane straw-clay ash (SCSCA)/calcium hydroxide (CH) systems is validated in this study. Two different methods (direct and indirect) for determining pozzolanic activity were applied and their effect on pozzolanic reaction rate kinetic constants evaluated. Determined by fitting a model to the data, these constants are used to quantitatively characterize pozzolanic activity. The values of the kinetic constants calculated with the model were similar for the two methods. Classic kinetic models, such as the Jander, modified Jander and Zhuravlev models, were also applied to the system studied and the results were compared to the figures calculated with the model proposed. The kinetic-diffusive approach proposed was found to be valid regardless of the method for determining pozzolanic activity used, and to be the most suitable model for describing pozzolanic reaction kinetics in the SCSCA/lime system.

Keywords


Modelling; pozzolanic activity; kinetic-diffusive model; kinetic coefficients; methods for determining pozzolanic activity

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