Monday, December 12, 2011

Putting Cement Under Pressure

Putting Cement Under Pressure

DECEMBER 12, 2011

At Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source, scientists seeking ways to use cement more efficiently and reduce the carbon emissions associated with its manufacture have revealed new properties of the mineral tobermorite. Using x-ray-diffraction to probe the crystalline structure of Portland cement’s most important component, they squeezed the mineral in a diamond anvil cell to pressures equivalent to 100 miles deep in the Earth.

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