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Dissolution of β-C₂S Cement Clinker: Part 1 Molecular Dynamics (MD) Approach for Different Crystal Facets

Salah Uddin, Khondakar Mohammad ; Izadifar, Mohammadreza ; Ukrainczyk, Neven ; Koenders, Eduardus ; Middendorf, Bernhard (2022)
Dissolution of β-C₂S Cement Clinker: Part 1 Molecular Dynamics (MD) Approach for Different Crystal Facets.
In: Materials, 2022, 15 (18)
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00022482
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Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Dissolution of β-C₂S Cement Clinker: Part 1 Molecular Dynamics (MD) Approach for Different Crystal Facets
Language: English
Date: 2022
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2022
Publisher: MDPI
Journal or Publication Title: Materials
Volume of the journal: 15
Issue Number: 18
Collation: 14 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00022482
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Origin: Secondary publication DeepGreen

A major concern in the modern cement industry is considering how to minimize the CO₂ footprint. Thus, cements based on belite, an impure clinker mineral (CaO)₂SiO₂ (C₂S in cement chemistry notation), which forms at lower temperatures, is a promising solution to develop eco-efficient and sustainable cement-based materials, used in enormous quantities. The slow reactivity of belite plays a critical role, but the dissolution mechanisms and kinetic rates at the atomistic scale are not known completely yet. This work aims to understand the dissolution behavior of different facets of β-C₂S providing missing input data and an upscaling modeling approach to connect the atomistic scale to the sub-micro scale. First, a combined ReaxFF and metadynamics-based molecular dynamic approach are applied to compute the atomistic forward reaction rates (RD) of calcium (Ca) and silicate species of (100) facet of β-C₂S considering the influence of crystal facets and crystal defects. To minimize the huge number of atomistic events possibilities, a generalized approach is proposed, based on the systematic removal of nearest neighbors’ crystal sites. This enables us to tabulate data on the forward reaction rates of most important atomistic scenarios, which are needed as input parameters to implement the Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) computational upscaling approach. The reason for the higher reactivity of the (100) facet compared to the (010) is explained.

Uncontrolled Keywords: cement dissolution, belite clinker C₂S, free energy surfaces, crystal facets and defects, molecular dynamics simulation, ReaxFF, metadynamics, atomistic activation energy
Status: Publisher's Version
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-224821
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This article belongs to the Special Issue Mathematical Modeling of Building Materials

Classification DDC: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering and machine engineering
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 690 Building and construction
Divisions: 13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Construction and Building Materials
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 12:44
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2022 05:38
SWORD Depositor: Deep Green
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/22482
PPN: 500264937
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