Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

Lea's Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

4th Edition - November 12, 2003

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  • Author: Peter Hewlett
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080535418

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1088
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2003
  • Published: November 12, 2003
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080535418

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

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