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Bei Li1,2, Nanguo Jin1, Ye Tian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1, Xianyu Jin1, Xinyi Li3, and Ruoyi Zhao4

1College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
2College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University of Water Resource and Electric Power, Hangzhou 310018, China
3Department of Civil Engineering, Zhejiang Ocean University, Zhoushan 316022, China
4Department of Art Design, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou 310058, China


Received: December 24, 2020
Accepted: May 28, 2021
Publication Date: June 30, 2021

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In view of the existing phenolphthalein method cannot accurately detect the carbonation depth in laboratory study, based on the test principle of determining the existence of CaCO3 in concrete samples by infrared spectroscopy which can detect C-O keys, use the infrared spectra to set up different water cement ratio under the same conditions as the raw materials and to do a concrete carbonation depth test under different ages, and to specify the operating procedure of the method. Comparing with the phenolphthalein method, the test results showed that the carbonation depth measured by infrared spectroscopy is 2-3 times of carbonation depth obtained by phenolphthalein method. The characteristic peak of the C-O functional group gradually decreases with the increase of the test depth. It indicates that the CaCO3 content gradually decreases and plateaus at a certain depth. The test results of infrared spectroscopy are more accurate and reliable, and can be used to measure the carbonation depth of concrete effectively.

Keywords: Carbonation reaction zone, Qualitative analysis, Infrared spectroscopy, Concrete, Carbonation


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