Why we called C3S alite and C2S belite in cement terminology.
Are these names have a significant bearing in cement industry.
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Because Swedish geologist and mineralogist Alfred Elis Törnebohm lacked imagination.
When he investigated the phases of Portland clinker in 1897, he named the crystal phases he found simply following the alphabet. The three major phases were given the names of "alite", "belite", "celite" and a minor phase was named felite.
Today, only "alite" and "belite" terms remain in common usage.