Handbook of Thermal Analysis of Construction Materials


  • V.S. Ramachandran, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Ralph M. Paroli
  • James J. Beaudoin
  • Ana H. Delgado

This comprehensive book containing essential information on the applicability of thermal analysis techniques to evaluate inorganic and organic materials in construction technology should serve as a useful reference for the scientist, engineer, construction technologist, architect, manufacturer, and user of construction materials, standard-writing bodies, and analytical chemists. The material scientists at the National Research Council of Canada have established one of the best thermal analysis laboratories in the world. Various types of thermal analysis techniques have been applied successfully to the investigation of inorganic and organic construction materials. These studies have provided important information on the characterization of raw as well as finished materials, quality control, quantitative estimation, interrelationships between physical, chemical, mechanical, and durability characteristics. Information on the application of thermal analysis to construction materials is dispersed in literature and hence the IRC scientists embarked on producing a handbook, the first of its kind, incorporating the latest knowledge available in this field of activity. Almost all important construction materials have been included.
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Scientists, engineers, construction technologists, architecst, manufacturers, and users of construction materials, standard-writing bodies, and analytical chemists.


Book information

  • Published: October 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-8155-1487-9

Table of Contents

1. Thermoanalytical Techniques2. Introduction to Portland Cement Concrete3. Formation and Hydration of Cement and Cement Compounds4. Introduction to Concrete Admixtures5. Accelerating Admixtures6. Retarding and Water Reducing Admixtures7. Superplasticizing Admixtures8. Supplementary Cementing Materials and Other Additions9. Introduction of Non-Portland Cement Binders and Concrete10. Non-Portland Rapid Setting Cements11. Gypsum and Gypsum Products12. Clay-Based Construction Projects13. Introduction of Organic Construction Materials14. Sealants and Adhesives15. Roofing Materials16. Paints and Coatings