Sorel cement

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A refractory cement made from of calcined magnesite (MgO) and magnesium chloride. In 1853, M.Sorel discovered a hard cement made by mixing zinc oxide and zinc chloride. Later in the 1870s, he patented a cement with similar properties made with the magnesium oxide and magnesium chloride. Also called magnesia cement, is sets quickly even under water. Sorel's cement was used for artificial stone, floor tiles, and stucco.

Synonyms and Related Terms

magnesia cement; magnesite cement; Sorel's cement; oxychloride cement

Additional Information

J.H.Wills, "Inorganic Adhesives and Cements" in Handbook of Adhesives, I.Skeist (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1977. p.117-138.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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