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The present invention relates to an ultra-fast setting cement composition containing at least amorphous calcium aluminate including by weight, as compared to amorphous calcium aluminate total weight:

Disclosed is an ultra-fast setting cement composition including at least amorphous calcium aluminate including by weight, as compared to amorphous calcium aluminate total weight, (a) from 35 to 55% of calcium oxide CaO (C), (b) from 19 to 55% of alumina Al_(2)O_(3 )(A), the C/A molar ratio being higher than or equal to 1.5, preferably higher than or equal to 1.7, characterized in that amorphous calcium aluminate is coated with a surface treatment including an organic compound having at least two hydrophilic functions and one hydrophobic chain. Also disclosed is a method to produce the cement composition, as well as to uses thereof.

The invention relates to an ultra-fast setting cement composition comprising at least amorphous calcium aluminate comprising by weight relative to the total weight of the amorphous calcium aluminate: (a) 35 to 55 % calcium oxide CaO (C); (b) 19 to 55 % alumina AI2O3 (A), the molar ratio C/A being greater than or equal to 1.5; and (c) 0 to 10 % silica SiO2, characterized in that the amorphous calcium aluminate comprises: (d) 5 to 16 % iron oxide Fe2O3. The invention also relates to a method of producing the cement composition and to its uses.

The invention relates to an ultra-fast setting cement composition comprising at least amorphous calcium aluminate comprising by weight relative to the total weight of the amorphous calcium aluminate: (a) 35 to 55 % calcium oxide CaO (C); and (b) 19 to 55 % alumina AI2O3 (A), the molar ratio C/A being greater than or equal to 1.5, and preferably greater than or equal to 1.7. The invention is characterized in that the amorphous calcium aluminate is coated with a surface treatment comprising an organic compound comprising at least two hydrophilic functions and a hydrophobic chain. The invention also relates to a method for producing the cement composition and to its uses.

Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 3.72M | Year: 2014

The conditions in which materials are required to operate are becoming ever more challenging. Operating temperatures and pressures are increasing in all areas of manufacture, energy generation, transport and environmental clean-up. Often the high temperatures are combined with severe chemical environments and exposure to high energy and, in the nuclear industry, to ionising radiation. The production and processing of next-generation materials capable of operating in these conditions will be non-trivial, especially at the scale required in many of these applications. In some cases, totally new compositions, processing and joining strategies will have to be developed. The need for long-term reliability in many components means that defects introduced during processing will need to be kept to an absolute minimum or defect-tolerant systems developed, e.g. via fibre reinforcement. Modelling techniques that link different length and time scales to define the materials chemistry, microstructure and processing strategy are key to speeding up the development of these next-generation materials. Further, they will not function in isolation but as part of a system. It is the behaviour of the latter that is crucial, so that interactions between different materials, the joining processes, the behaviour of the different parts under extreme conditions and how they can be made to work together, must be understood. Our vision is to develop the required understanding of how the processing, microstructures and properties of materials systems operating in extreme environments interact to the point where materials with the required performance can be designed and then manufactured. Aligned with the Materials Genome Initiative in the USA, we will integrate hierarchical and predictive modelling capability in fields where experiments are extremely difficult and expensive. The team have significant experience of working in this area. Composites based on exotic materials such as zirconium diborides and silicon carbide have been developed for use as leading edges for hypersonic vehicles over a 3 year, DSTL funded collaboration between the 3 universities associated with this proposal. World-leading achievements include densifying them in <10 mins using a relatively new technique known as spark plasma sintering (SPS); measuring their thermal and mechanical properties at up to 2000oC; assessing their oxidation performance at extremely high heat fluxes and producing fibre-reinforced systems that can withstand exceptionally high heating rates, e.g. 1000oC s-1, and temperatures of nearly 3000oC for several minutes. The research planned for this Programme Grant is designed to both spin off this knowledge into materials processing for nuclear fusion and fission, aerospace and other applications where radiation, oxidation and erosion resistance at very high temperatures are essential and to gain a deep understanding of the processing-microstructure-property relations of these materials and how they interact with each other by undertaking one of the most thorough assessments ever, allowing new and revolutionary compositions, microstructures and composite systems to be designed, manufactured and tested. A wide range of potential crystal chemistries will be considered to enable identification of operational mechanisms across a range of materials systems and to achieve paradigm changing developments. The Programme Grant would enable us to put in place the expertise required to produce a chain of knowledge from prediction and synthesis through to processing, characterisation and application that will enable the UK to be world leading in materials for harsh environments.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC5-11e-2015 | Award Amount: 7.91M | Year: 2016

METGROW\ will address and solve bottlenecks in the European raw materials supply by developing innovative metallurgical technologies for unlocking the use of potential domestic raw materials. The METGROW\ consortium has received an EIP RM Commitment status. The consortium is supported by internationally respected research institutes and universities. Many of the partners (9) are members of EIT KIC Raw Materials consortium as well. The value chain and business models for metal recovery from low grade ores and wastes are carefully looked after. Within this project, both primary and secondary materials are studied as potential metal resources. Economically important nickel-cobalt deposits and low grade polymetallic wastes, iron containing sludges (goethite, jarosite etc.) which are currently not yet being exploited due to technical bottlenecks, are in focus. Concurrently, METGROW\ targets innovative hydrometallurgical processes to extract important metals including Ni, Cu, Zn, Co, In, Ga, Ge from low grade ores in a cost-effective way. In addition a toolbox for metallurgical system is created in the project using new methods and combinations. The unused potential of metal containing fine grained industrial residues are evaluated, while hybrid and flexible hydrometallurgical processes and treatment methods of fines are developed for both materials. Training and education of new professionals are facilitated within the METGROW\ project. The knowledge of raw materials and sustainable technologies will attract new talents in the field who can flexibly change fields from treatment of secondary to primary resources, which also smoothens the economic ups and downs in the primary sector.

The invention relates to a binder composition comprising at least (a) one calcium aluminate cement, said calcium aluminate cement comprising by weight relative to its total weight,- as regards its chemical composition at least : 50% or less of Al_(2)O_(3) and,- as regards its mineralogical composition at least: 50% or more of CA phase,said calcium aluminate cement comprising a Blaine Specific Area (BSA) higher than or equal to 3800 cm^(2)/g. The invention also relates to a mortar composition, especially a self-levelling and/or self-smoothing mortar comprising the above mentioned binder composition and having improved polishing resistance.

Stabilized aqueous suspensions include aluminous cement and/or calcium sulfoaluminous cement and binding compositions including the aqueous suspension in combination with organic binders, which are stable at room temperature and at high temperature as well as methods for preparing the same are described.

A fluidizing composition in the form of a liquid or in the form of a powder including at least one superplasticizer chosen from polycarboxylate ethers, characterized in that it includes from 1 to 20 parts by weight of at least one aromatic hydrocarbon sulfonic acid or one of its salts chosen from alkali salts, alkaline-earth salts or one of their mixtures, for 100 parts by weight of the superplasticizer. A method for preparing such fluidizing composition, a dry mortar incorporating the fluidizing composition, as well as plasters prepared from the dry mortar are also described.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.86M | Year: 2016

Unlike China, Russia or South Africa, the EU-28 Member States are not in the fortunate position of having vast, easily accessible ore deposits containing valuable metals. However, Europe does have large quantities of secondary industrial residues (tailings, sludges, slags and ashes) that contain significant concentrations of both critical and economically important metals. The European Training Network for the Sustainable, zero-waste valorisation of critical-metal-containing industrial process residues (SOCRATES) targets ground-breaking metallurgical processes, incl. plasma-, bio-, solvo-, electro- and ionometallurgy, that can be integrated into environmentally friendly, zero-waste valorisation flow sheets. By unlocking the potential of these secondary raw materials, SOCRATES contributes to a more diversified and sustainable supply chain for critical metals (cf. Priority area 3 in EC Circular Economy Action Plan; COM(2015)614/2). The SOCRATES consortium brings together all the relevant stakeholders along the value chain, from metal extraction, to metal recovery, and to residual matrix valorisation in added-value applications, such as supplementary cementitious materials, inorganic polymers and catalysts. To maximise applicability, SOCRATES has selected four commonly available and chemically complementary residue families: (1) flotation tailings from primary Cu production, (2) Fe-rich sludges from Zn production, (3) fayalitic slags from non-ferrous metallurgy, and (4) bottom ashes from incineration plants. As a basis for a concerted effort to strengthen the EUs critical-metal supply chain for Ge, In, Ga and Sb, SOCRATES trains 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in technological innovation: metal extraction (WP1), metal recovery (WP2), residual matrix valorisation (WP3) and integrated assessment (WP4). By training the ESRs in scientific, technical and soft skills, they are the next generation of highly employable scientists and engineers in the raw-materials sector.

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