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Concrete Petrography: A Handbook of Investigative Techniques, Second Edition / Edition 2

Concrete Petrography: A Handbook of Investigative Techniques, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Alan B. Poole, Ian Sims, D. St John


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Concrete Petrography: A Handbook of Investigative Techniques, Second Edition / Edition 2

This classic reference has established the value of petrography as a powerful method for the investigation of concrete as a material. It provides an authoritative and well-illustrated review of concrete composition and textures, including the causes of defects, deterioration, and failure that can be identified using a petrological microscope. This new edition is entirely revised and updated and also greatly extended to take account of new scientific developments and significant improvements in instrumentation and to reflect current laboratory working practices, as well as to reflect new understanding of the performance of concrete and related materials.

Now in full color throughout, Concrete Petrography, Second Edition provides case study examples, with appropriate explanatory discussions and practical advice on selecting, handling and preparing specimens. It assists and guides the engineer, the trainee and the experienced petrographer in understanding the scientific evidence that is basic to petrographic analysis and so will lead to more accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment of problems in structural concrete.

This book includes:

  • Contributions in specialist areas by internationally recognized experts
  • Explanation of computer techniques as an aid to petrography
  • Full coverage of inspection, sampling, and specimen preparation
  • New sections covering recent technological development of equipment
  • Guidance on observation of cement and concrete mineralogy and microfabrics
  • Discussion and illustrative examples of deterioration and failure mechanisms
  • New work and guidance on the determination of water/cement ratio
  • New color illustrations and micrographs throughout
  • Thorough updating of standards, other authoritative publications, and references
  • A fully revised, extended, and updated glossary of optical and other properties

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856176903
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Pages: 816
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Alan Poole began his career as a geologist before becoming a consultant specializing in the petrography of aggregates, concrete and related materials. He gained a wide experience of both the practical and research aspects of alkali-aggregate reaction in concrete working both in the UK and abroad. He is involved in specialist post-graduate training, with British and European standards committees and with technical working parties.

Dr. Ian Sims is a director of RSK Environment Ltd in the UK, where he is responsible for their Materials Consultancy team (including their Petrography Laboratory) and expert witness services. He is Chairman of the British Standards aggregates committee; and previously Secretary of the Geological Society (Engineering Group) working parties on Aggregates, Stone and Clay materials for construction, also their working party on Hot Deserts: engineering, geology and geomorphology, and of the RILEM international technical committees on alkali-aggregate reactivity in concrete (1988 to 2014).

Table of Contents

Concrete petrography
Historical background
Overview of petrographic methods
Standard procedures
Objectives and coverage
Petrographic equipment and methods
Petrographic examination of concrete
Initial laboratory examination
Petrographic laboratory
Quantitative methods of component analysis
Complementary and specialised techniques
Computer-aided petrographic methods
Sampling and specimen preparation
Sampling concrete and related materials
Inspection of structures
Representative sample
Preparation of thin sections and finely ground or polished surfaces
Specimen preparation for special purposes
Composition of concrete
Cement types and binder content
Aggregate types and characteristics
Water/cement ratio
Air-void content and air entrainment
Mineral additions and pigments
Chemical admixtures
Fibre reinforcement
Analysis of concrete
Appearance and textures of cementitious materials
Optical observations of the hardened Portland cement paste matrix
Concretes containing mineral admixtures
High-alumina or calcium aluminate cement concretes
Carbonation of Portland cement concretes
Interfaces within concrete
Voids in concrete
Cracking in concrete
Examination of deteriorated and damaged concrete
Plastic and drying shrinkage
Corrosion of steel reinforcement
Frost and freeze-thaw action
Sulphate actions
Acid and alkaline attacks
Weathering and leaching
AAR involving carbonate aggregates
Damage from thermal cycling and fire
Precast and special concretes
Standard precast concrete units
Precast, block, brick, tile and pavers
Precast concrete pipes
Reinforced precast concrete units
Steam-cured precast concrete units
Composite precast concrete units and reconstituted (artificial) stone
Fibre reinforced products
Polymer cement products
Special floor coatings
Self-compacting concrete
Lightweight aggregates and concretes
Portland cement mortar, screeds, renders and special cements
Mortar and related materials
Floor screeds
Renders and cementitious plasters
Jointing and bedding mortars
Special cements and grouts
Sprayed concrete
Cementitious repair materials
Cementitious levelling compounds
Cementitious adhesive compounds
Non-Portland cementitious materials, plasters and mortars
Lime-based materials and products
Lime plasters, mortars and screeds
Gypsum-based wall plasters and plasterboard
Historic materials
Calcium silicate products
Special flooring finishes
Surface coatings
Glossary of minerals

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