Article révisé par les pairs
|This paper presents a study on the influence of mix proportions of cementitious materials on their transfer properties, namely porosity and gas permeability. These latter are known as durability indicators. The work is performed on a wide range of cement pastes and mortars (24 compositions). These compositions are defined by mix proportion parameters (water/cement ratio, limestone filler/cement ratio, and amount of superplasticizer and volume fraction of paste). To characterize these materials, an experimental campaign was carried out, including different types of test (water porosimetry, mercury intrusion porosimetry, desorption isotherms and gas permeability). The influence of the composition parameters on the studied durability indicators is highlighted and correlation between gas permeability and microstructural properties (total porosity and critical pore diameter) is established. Finally, a method to predict materials permeability from that of the cement paste is proposed. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.