153432Chemical Resistance

The fine pore structure increases the chemical resistance of concrete (along with a reduction in ionic concentrations) and reduces the access of oxygen. Lowered alkalinity caused by the pozzolanic reaction is not sufficient to destroy the passive layer. Diamond has measured a pH of >12 after 145 days hydration in the presence of 30% MS.

TABLE 15.7 The Effectiveness of Microsilica in Reducing the Permeability of Concrete

Cement content (lb/yd3)

WDRAa (wt%)

Microsilica (wt%)


Permeability coefficient K (m/s)

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