Thermal properties and stability of reactive magnesia cement

Abdullah Khalil, Sungmin Sohn, Kemal Celik

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The unique ability of reactive magnesium oxide cement (RMC) to permanently sequester environmental carbon dioxide (CO2), followed by sufficient strength gain, makes it an attractive material for greener construction. The potential of RMC and its combination with various supplementary materials have been demonstrated for construction by several researchers. In this study, the thermal properties of the RMC-based paste, along with its thermal stability after prolonged and cyclic high-temperature exposure, are reported. The results reveal that, in general, the RMC-based paste samples cured under an ambient environment as well as the ones cured under accelerated carbonation undergo strength gain after cyclic exposure to temperature as high as 300 °C. In terms of thermal properties, the general trend was found to be an increase in the specific heat and a decrease in the thermal conductivity and the thermal diffusivity with increasing temperature for both types of RMC-based paste samples. These results reveal a remarkable ability of the RMC to sustain high temperatures with excellent strength retention making it suitable for high temperature and energy storage applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number125102
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
StatePublished - Nov 15 2021


  • Reactive magnesium oxide cement
  • Thermal properties
  • Thermal stability, energy storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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