Magnesia cement

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Name used prior to 1800s for a mixture of Calcined magnesite (MgO) and Magnesium chloride (Schur 1985). Magnesia cement set quickly when mixed with water. It was used for artificial stone, floor tiles, and Stucco. Magnesia cement was also mixed with Asbestos fibers and used to cover furnaces and steam pipes.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Sorel cement; Seorel's cement; oxychloride cement

Resources and Citations

  • Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985

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