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In 1991 The BSI published revised cement standards, which were closely aligned with the draft European Standard for Common Cements. This European Standard (EN 197-1) was adopted in 2000 by the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The objective of this standard (in common with standards for other materials) is to remove barriers to trade.
The mill operates in a closed circuit in which the mill product passes to a separating device where coarse particles are rejected and returned to the mill for further grinding. The final product can thus be significantly finer than the material that exits the mill. Mills which do not have this separating stage are known as open-circuit mills and they are less efficient particularly at high cement finenesses (above 350 m2/kg). The efficiency of the clinker grinding process is very low. Less than 2% of the electrical energy consumed is used in actually fracturing the particles; the rest is converted to heat.
This is a rapid and highly exothermic reaction. 5H2O) is blended with the C3A prior to mixing with water then the initial reactions are controlled by the formation of a protective layer of ettringite on the surface of the C3A crystals. e. C3A + dissolved calcium (Ca2+) + dissolved sulfate (SO 2– 4 ) + water ⇒ ettringite The more rapid dissolution of dehydrated forms of gypsum ensures an adequate supply of dissolved calcium and sulfate ions and will be more effective in controlling the reaction of finely divided or highly reactive forms of C3A.