Transport Properties of Concrete

1st Edition

Measurements and Applications

Authors: Peter Claisse
Paperback ISBN: 9780081014219
eBook ISBN: 9781782423195
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 9th May 2014
Page Count: 312
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Transport Properties of Concrete covers how to measure the ability of ions and fluids to move through concrete material, and how to use the results to model performance. These transport properties largely determine the durability of concrete and of steel embedded within it, as well as the effectiveness of structures such as landfill containment barriers.

The book begins by explaining in detail what transport properties are and how to write computer models for transport processes. Early chapters present and explain computer models written in basic code. Coverage then proceeds to a wide range of tests for the transport properties of concrete, and methods for calculating the values for these properties from the test results using analytical and numerical models. The final chapters then show how the values obtained can be used to predict the durability of reinforced concrete, to model the effect of gas pressure, and to model waste containment structures. A number of practical examples are given, in which the calculations and computer models have been applied to real experimental data.

Transport Properties of Concrete provides a comprehensive examination of the subject, and will be of use to all concerned with the durability and effectiveness of concrete structures.

Key Features

  • Provides a detailed understanding of the various transport mechanisms that take place during testing in concrete
  • Shows how to obtain fundamental transport properties


Transport properties of concrete provides a comprehensive examination of the subject, and will be of use to all concerned with the durability and effectiveness of concrete structures.

Table of Contents

  • Author contact details
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Introduction

    • The fundamental equations
    • Computer codes
    • Structure of this book
    • Experimental data
    • Summary of contents
    • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. The transport properties of concrete and the equations that describe them

    • Abstract:
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 The transport processes
    • 1.3 Processes which increase or reduce the transport
    • 1.4 Conclusions
    • 1.5 References
  • 2. Computer models to predict the transport processes in concrete

    • Abstract:
    • 2.1 Introduction
    • 2.2 Expressing the basic equations as computer code
    • 2.3 Other elements of the code
    • 2.4 Example: calculations for a waste containment barrier
    • 2.5 Conclusions
    • 2.6 Reference
  • 3. Surface tests to determine transport properties of concrete – I: the tests

    • Abstract:
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 The initial surface absorption test (ISAT)
    • 3.3 The Figg air permeation index
    • 3.4 Other tests
    • 3.5 Vacuum preconditioning: a development of the ISAT test
    • 3.6 Vacuum preconditioning for other tests
    • 3.7 Conclusions
    • 3.7 References
  • 4. Surface tests to determine transport properties of concrete – II: analytical models to calculate permeability

    • Abstract:
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Additional tests
    • 4.3 Modelling of the absorption tests
    • 4.4 Experimental testing for absorption
    • 4.5 Tests using a vacuum to measure air flow
    • 4.6 The choice of test for practical applications
    • 4.7 Conclusions
    • 4.8 References
  • 5. Surface tests to determine transport properties of concrete – III: measuring gas permeability


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    About the Author

    Peter Claisse

    Peter A. Claisse is a professor at Coventry University and the author of more than 100 publications on construction and materials.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Coventry University, UK