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 methodsùcontributed 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 concreteùtemperature, pore and pore-size distribution, surface area, and exposureùgathering diverse evaluation methods into one convenient resource.


Technologists, practitioners, students, standards writers in the construction materials industry.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Portland Cement Types, Properties and Specifications 3. Hydration of Portland Cement 4. Hydraulic Cements Other Than Standard Portland 5. Water 6. Admixtures 7. Mineral AggregatesùGeneral 8. Mineral AggregatesùPhysical Properties 9. Chemical Properties of Aggregates 10. Geometric Properties of Aggregates 11. Fineness Modulus and Specific Surface 12. Grading Evaluation and Specification 13. Internal Structure of Concrete and Its Optimization 14. Lightweight and Heavyweight Aggregates 15. Handling and Selection of Aggregates


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William Andrew
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About the authors

V.S. Ramachandran

Affiliations and Expertise

National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada

J.J. Beaudoin

Affiliations and Expertise

National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada