Handbook of Analytical Techniques in Concrete Science and Technology

Principles, Techniques and Applications


  • V.S. Ramachandran, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • J.J. Beaudoin, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Measuring the long-term durability of new types of concrete and concrete technologies is crucial to their acceptance in the marketplace. This long-needed handbook of analytical techniques provides a complete reference to the cutting-edge procedures used to test today's innovative materials. Ranging from chemical and thermal analysis, to IR and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy, to Scanning Electron Microscopy, x-ray diffraction, computer modeling and more, the book provides first-hand explanations of modern methods├╣contributed by 24 leading scientists, many of whom actually developed or refined the techniques. The book includes many analytic techniques, applied to a wide range of organic, inorganic and composite materials and additives.Perfect for practitioners, students, and professional standards writers, the handbook is highly useful for scrutinizing materials in a variety of environments. It takes into account the many factors that affect the qualities of concrete├╣temperature, pore and pore-size distribution, surface area, and exposure├╣gathering diverse evaluation methods into one convenient resource.
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Technologists, practitioners, students, standards writers in the construction materials industry.


Book information

  • Published: November 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-8155-1437-4

Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Portland Cement Types, Properties and Specifications3. Hydration of Portland Cement4. Hydraulic Cements Other Than Standard Portland5. Water6. Admixtures7. Mineral Aggregates├╣General8. Mineral Aggregates├╣Physical Properties9. Chemical Properties of Aggregates10. Geometric Properties of Aggregates11. Fineness Modulus and Specific Surface12. Grading Evaluation and Specification13. Internal Structure of Concrete and Its Optimization14. Lightweight and Heavyweight Aggregates15. Handling and Selection of Aggregates