Materials and Structures

, 52:6 | Cite as

Multicomponent modelling of cement paste dehydration under different heating rates

  • Jin Wang
  • Laurie LacarrièreEmail author
  • Alain Sellier
Original Article


The aim of this study is to establish a dehydration model that is able to calculate the water release of cement paste at elevated temperature. The main hydrates in ordinary Portland cement paste (C–S–H, portlandite, aluminates and sulfo-aluminates) were modelled separately and then combined to form the model of the cement paste. In this way, the model is able to predict the dehydration of cement pastes with different compositions without re-fitting. For each hydrate, the dehydration law takes account not only of the maximum quantity of water that can be released at each temperature but also of the kinetics to reach that equilibrium. The model is thus able to reproduce the paste dehydration for any heating rate. Thermogravimetric tests were carried out with different heating rates to validate the model in comparison to experimental results from the literature. The results demonstrated the capability of the model in different situations.


Dehydration Multicomponent modelling Elevated temperature Cement paste Heating rate 



This study was funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) through Jin Wang’s thesis grant and by the French National Research Agency (ANR-PIA) under the MACENA research program 11-RSNR-0012 (Control of nuclear vessel in accident conditions).

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université de ToulouseUPS, INSA, LMDC (Laboratoire Matériaux et Durabilité des Constructions)Toulouse, Cedex 04France
  2. 2.China Construction Eighth Engineering Bureau Co., LtdShanghaiChina

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