A Coupled Nanoindentation/sem-eds Study on Low Water/cement Ratio Portland Cement Paste: Evidence for C–s–h/ch Nanocomposites


A low water/cement ratio (w/c = 0.20) hydrated Portland cement paste was analyzed by grid-indentation coupled with ex-situ SEM-EDS analysis at each indentation point. Since finite element and Monte-Carlo simulations showed that the microvolumes probed by each method are of comparable size (approximately 2 μm), the mechanical information provided by… (More)

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