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What is Cement Gel in Concrete?

What is Cement Gel in Concrete?

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Flenn Hale
Construction Manager

Cement GEL; The Cement Gel in a cement is a Calcium Silicate Hydrate ( CSH), which is responsible for the strength and binding in the structures. It is produced when a hydration reaction occurs by mixing water and cement; the paste is formed is called as cement gel.

Raul Jimenez
Senior Project Manager

When water is added to cement, the chemical reaction starts, which is known as the hydration process, and it is exothermic.
About 23% of water is required for a chemical reaction to take place, and 15% of water is required for gel formation. This formed cement gel is made up of calcium silicate and hydrate (c-s-H), which is important in strength property of cement paste.
So ultimately, the strength of cement gel is an important part of gaining strength and durability.