A study of a representative number of cement-asbestos (CA) samples removed from different localities in Italy has been accomplished with a combination of analytical techniques, including XRF, XRPD, SEM/EDS, micro-Raman, and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), to elucidate the mineralogical and chemical variability of this class of building materials on a large scale. We describe a complex mineralogy including phases of cement hydration, residual non-hydrated components, and a relevant fraction attributed to various processes of deterioration. With the aid of the CaO-MgO-SiO2 compositional diagram, three groups of CAs have been identified on the basis of their chemical parameters. This result is important for environmental and waste management issues.
Crystal chemistry of cement-asbestos / Viani, A.; Gualtieri, Alessandro; Secco, M.; Peruzzo, L.; Artioli, G.; Cruciani, G.. - In: AMERICAN MINERALOGIST. - ISSN 0003-004X. - STAMPA. - 98:(2013), pp. 1095-1105. [10.2138/am.2013.4347]