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.


Scientists, engineers, construction technologists, architecst, manufacturers, and users of construction materials, standard-writing bodies, and analytical chemists.

Table of Contents

1. Thermoanalytical Techniques 2. Introduction to Portland Cement Concrete 3. Formation and Hydration of Cement and Cement Compounds 4. Introduction to Concrete Admixtures 5. Accelerating Admixtures 6. Retarding and Water Reducing Admixtures 7. Superplasticizing Admixtures 8. Supplementary Cementing Materials and Other Additions 9. Introduction of Non-Portland Cement Binders and Concrete 10. Non-Portland Rapid Setting Cements 11. Gypsum and Gypsum Products 12. Clay-Based Construction Projects 13. Introduction of Organic Construction Materials 14. Sealants and Adhesives 15. Roofing Materials 16. Paints and Coatings


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About the authors

V.S. Ramachandran

Affiliations and Expertise

National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Canada