[en] This paper presents initial results from an extensive study on the calculation of the surface free energy of mineral materials. The usefulness of such evaluation is demonstrated through the technological operation of casting and moulding concrete. Surface interactions will firstly act on the dispersion of particles inside the concrete mix and the viscosity of the fresh material; the specific effect of superplasticizers and Modifying Viscosity Agent is presented through the determination of surface free energy properties. The second analysis is dealing with the interactions between mineral and vegetal oils applied on the wooden or steel formwork and fresh concrete. The evaluation of contact angle and interfacial forces help to efficiently select the most appropriate material.
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS ; Région Bruxelles Capitale ; Région wallonne : Direction générale des Technologies, de la Recherche et de l'Energie - DGTRE ; Vlaams Gemeenschap