Characterization on the recycling of waste seashells with Portland cement towards sustainable cementitious materials

Junjie Wang, Engui Liu, Liang Li

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This work introduces a cleaner production practice of transforming waste seashells into new minerals for sustainable cementitious materials. Waste seashells were recycled into fine powder through regular crushing and ball-milling processes. Multi-scale studies characterized systematically the reaction mechanisms of waste seashell powder in ordinary Portland cement system. Seashell powder was studied as both a cement replacement and an additional mineral filler, and its roles were explored through workability of fresh cement mixtures, hydration of cement, and mechanical behaviors of hardened cement mixtures. The results indicated that seashell powder enhanced the hydration of cement through its physical and chemical interactions with both cement clinker phases and hydration products. The mechanical strength of hardened cement mixtures was directly improved when the seashell powder was used as an additional filler. Additions of seashell powder, either as a cement replacement or an additional filler, modified the rheological behaviors of fresh cement mixtures. The hydrated C[sbnd]S[sbnd]H matrix phases developed with seashell powder were clearly enriched by the embedded well-dispersed nanosized clusters (with diameter around 5–10 nm). Parallel comparisons between seashell powder and limestone powder confirmed the higher surface properties and chemical reactivities of seashell powder than limestone powder in cement system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-252
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
StatePublished - May 20 2019


  • Cement
  • Hydration
  • Limestone
  • Seashells
  • Solid wastes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Environmental Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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