Modification on the Performance of the Hemihydrate Gypsum with the Plant Source Polymer of Dry Matcha Powder

  • Haoxin Li (李好新)
  • Chao Xu
  • Yuyan Huang
  • Qing Chen
  • Zhengwu Jiang
  • Yanwei Wang (王艳伟)Email author
Cementitious Materials


The objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of using the plant-source polymer of the matcha powder as a composite admixture for hemihydrate gypsum. Hemihydrate gypsum was mixed with different contents of matcha powder, and then the water requirement for the normal consistency, setting times, density, strength, hydration and microstructure of the hardened mixture were evaluated. The experimental results showed that it increased the water requirement for the normal consistency, and it regulated the setting times and reduced the density. Hemihydrate gypsum with more matcha powder had the higher water requirement, longer setting times and lower density. Less than 1% matcha powder had slight impact on the strength of hardened paste, but more than 1% matcha powder had a remarkable one. Matcha powder changed the hydration process and prolonged the induction and acceleration period. Small needlelike crystals were transformed into longer, larger and thicker ones as more matcha powder was mixed. This case is closely related to the prolongation of the induction and acceleration period. Besides, more and larger pores were observed in the hardened paste with more matcha powder. It is attributed to the appearances of the tea polyphenol in matcha powder and the larger and longer crystal morphology in hardened paste as well as the high water requirement for the normal consistency. These results are important to the application of matcha powder as a composite admixture for the hemihydrate gypsum as well as the prosperity and development of the tea industry.

Key words

matcha powder hemihydrate gypsum strength hydration property microstructure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haoxin Li (李好新)
    • 1
  • Chao Xu
    • 1
  • Yuyan Huang
    • 1
  • Qing Chen
    • 1
  • Zhengwu Jiang
    • 1
  • Yanwei Wang (王艳伟)
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Advanced Civil Engineering Materials Ministry of EducationTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.China Railway No.9 Engineering Testing Co., LtdShenyangChina

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