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Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780750662567, 9780080535418

Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

4th Edition

Author: Peter Hewlett
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750662567
eBook ISBN: 9780080535418
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th November 2003
Page Count: 1088
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Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete deals with the chemical and physical properties of cements and concretes and their relation to the practical problems that arise in manufacture and use. As such it is addressed not only to the chemist and those concerned with the science and technology of silicate materials, but also to those interested in the use of concrete in building and civil engineering construction. Much attention is given to the suitability of materials, to the conditions under which concrete can excel and those where it may deteriorate and to the precautionary or remedial measures that can be adopted.

First published in 1935, this is the fourth edition and the first to appear since the death of Sir Frederick Lea, the original author. Over the life of the first three editions, this book has become the authority on its subject. The fourth edition is edited by Professor Peter C. Hewlett, Director of the British Board of Agrement and visiting Industrial Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee. Professor Hewlett has brought together a distinguished body of international contributors to produce an edition which is a worthy successor to the previous editions.


Chemists concerned with the science and technology of silicate materials. Engineers involved in the use of cement and concrete in construction. Concrete technologists, architects and academic research workers

Table of Contents

The History of Calcareous Cements
Portland Cement: Classification and Manufacture
Cement Components and Their Phase Relations
The Constitution and Specification of Portland Cements
The Burning of Portland Cement
Hydration, Setting and Hardening of Portland Cement
Resistance of Concrete to Destructive Agencies
Physiochemical and Mechanical Properties of Portland Cement
The Production of Low-Energy Cements
Pozzolana and Pozzolanic Cements
Cements made from Blastfurnace Slag
Microsilica as an Addition
Calcium Alluminate Cements
Special Cements
Cement Admixtures
Concrete Aggregates


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About the Author

Peter Hewlett

Peter C. Hewlett is a chartered chemist and scientist turned materials scientist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Institute of Concrete Technology and the U.K. Concrete Society. He combines commercial research in the construction materials sector with academe and has done so for over 50 years. He has lectured and published extensively and has several patents. He has held a visiting industrial professorship at the University of Dundee for over 30 years and has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (Honoris Causa) for work on concrete durability and surface characteristics. He holds the U.K. Concrete Society Gold medal (2006) and is Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Magazine of Concrete Research. A past President of the U.K. Concrete Society and Institute of Concrete Technology. He spent some 25 years as researcher and Director of Cementation Research Ltd before joining the British Board of Agrement as Chief Executive Officer in 1988 dealing with innovative construction products. Past president of the European Union of Agrement and the European Organisation for Technical Approvals. He was Editor and an author of the 4th edition of Lea’s book and is co-editor of the 5th edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, British Board of Agreement, UK, and Honorary Visiting Industrial Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, UK


"In maintaining the currency, calibre continuity and content of the work there is the monumental task of integrating the output of so many individuals into a coherent and comprehensive whole. Peter Hewlett has achieved that successfully....I have little doubt that Frederick Lea himself would have approved." --Professor George Somerville, British Cement Association, UK

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