Journal : Construction and Building Materials, 9 mars 2023
An experimental program is oriented to the mechanical behaviour of the Interfacial Transition Zone (ITZ) exposed to leaching, for a single mix. Leaching kinetics of the degraded depth, measured through grey level on cross sections, reveals a maximum gap of 10 % between ITZ and bulk cement paste. ITZ, with a main thickness of 15 µm suffers a significant decalcification, which is reflected on the mechanical properties of the bond. Grey level, Calcium/Silicon (Ca/Si) molar ratio and Young’s modulus in the degraded zone present similar evolution. Effect of ITZ causing cracking and then debonding is noticed, through chemical analysis, image observation and mechanical tests.