Portland Cement: Composition, Production and Properties

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Thomas Telford, 1999 - 225 pages
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Portland cement is one of the most traditional of construction materials. Rising costs of the energy required for its manufacture and the increasing interest in understanding the mechanisms of concrete deterioration, as well as the importance of optimising the use of Portland cement in high quality concrete, have continued to sustain interest in this important material. This second edition of this popular book provides an up-to-date introduction to the raw materials and manufacturing processes of Portland cement. It gives an introductory account of cement composition, manufacture, quality assessment, hydration and the resulting microstructure-physical property relationships, and some mechanisms of the chemical degradation of hardened cement paste. The book is primarily intended for students of materials sciences and graduates in pure science or engineering entering the cement or concrete industries. However anyone requiring a good clear introduction to this material will find this book provides helpful information.
 

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Contents

Introduction and composition of Portland cement l
1
Raw materials
15
Production of cement clinker
31
Characterisation of Portland cement clinker
53
Grinding and fineness of cement
67
Tests of cement quality
79
The hydration of Portland cement
95
The nature of hardened cement paste
131
Portland cements and related blended cements
163
Admixtures and special cements
197
Appendix Pore size distribution from an adsorption
209
Index
219
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Dr. Gerry Bye is Senior Research Associate at Blue Circle Cement.

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