Nano-structural changes of cement paste due to neutron and gamma irradiation are investigated by using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Disk specimens were prepared with the w/c ratios of 0.4 and 0.5, and they were exposed to the neutron fluence of 2.57 × 1014 n/cm2 and the gamma radiation does dosage of 38.4 Gy. Based on SANS data and a microstructural model of C-S-H gel, one observed that the size of C-S-H globules increased after irradiation. The change of C-S-H globule size may be associated with the change of surface morphology and chemical bonding of C-S-H, and thus further research on the irradiation effects on cement paste is necessary.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Building and Construction
- Materials Science(all)