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20, 4, 2021, 413-424

State of preservation of carbonate aggregates in alkaline environment

Andrzej Dubiniewicz Mail
AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, 30 Adama Mickiewicza Av., 30-059 Cracow
Published: 2021-12-07


The article presents assessment of construction aggregates obtained from lithologically varied carbonate rocks in terms of their preservation after 100 days of immersion in 1M NaOH solution at room temperature. Aggregates showed no indication of alkali reaction in the form of dedolomitization or silica dissolution. However, it was observed that the aggregate grains had cracked. Oxidation of opaque minerals occurred in the twinning planes of dolomite found in dolosparite aggregates. It was determined that aggregates obtained from Cambrian dolomitized sparites, Devonian dolomicrites, dolosparites, biomicrites, dolomitized micrites, Carboniferous pelbiosparites and Jurassic biomicrites are chemically stable in alkaline environment.


alkali-aggregate reaction (AAR), alkali reactivity, carbonate rocks, chemical stability of aggregates, construction aggregate.

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State of preservation of carbonate aggregates in alkaline environment

Dubiniewicz, Andrzej. State of preservation of carbonate aggregates in alkaline environment. Roads and Bridges - Drogi i Mosty, [S.l.], v. 20, n. 4, p. 413-424, dec. 2021. ISSN 2449-769X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 Jan. 2022. doi: