This project focusses on the characterization of cementitious waste samples, produced in our cement lab, by applying various characterization methods. Both fresh and hardened properties of cementitious waste samples are evaluated. You will master a wide range of techniques that are specific to the cement industry. These analysis results will allow for a better understanding and assessment of the cementitious waste and its quality.
The techniques to analyse the fresh properties of the samples are:
- Setting time by Vicat Apparatus
- Heat of hydration by isothermal and semi-adiabatic calorimeter
The techniques to assess the hardened properties of the samples are:
- Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS)
- X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and/or Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
- Mercury Intrusion Porosity (MIP)
- Mechanical Strength
- Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV)
Besides merely performing these analyses, the project also comprises:
- the interpretation of the results
- establishing connections between different techniques (e.g. link UPV to mechanical strength)
- (learning to) prepare adequate procedures
Specific competences for the student include knowledge of inorganic chemistry, working accurately, good reporting skills, good knowledge of English and the willingness to master several new (analysis) techniques.
Working on this project will provide knowledge and skills in advanced characterization techniques, followed-up by an impeccable experience of collaboration with experts from the nuclear field.