Oxychloride cement

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A hard durable cement. Oxychloride cement is made from a mixture of magnesium chloride and magnesium oxide in water. Extenders such as sawdust, sand, stone, or chalk may be added. Oxychloride cement was patented by M. Sorel, a French chemist in the 1870s. It is called a hydraulic cement because it will harden even when it is under water.

Synonyms and Related Terms

oxychloric cement (AAT); magnesium oxychloride; Sorel cement; hydraulic cement; magnesia cement

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 173
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Thomas C. Jester (ed.), Twentieth-Century Building Materials, McGraw-Hill Companies, Washington DC, 1995

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