Linking theory to practice, this book provides a better fundamental understanding of Portland cement and hydraulic binders which is necessary to make better concrete. It has been clearly demonstrated that concrete durability is closely linked to its water/binder ratio and proper curing during the first week after casting. In this rigorously presented work, Pierre-Claude Aïtcin explains the complexity of the hydration reaction and how to make, use and cure durable and sustainable concrete. This book also details the problems with Portland cement composition at present and outlines the concept of an ideal hydraulic binder which is technically and ecologically efficient, as well as being long-lasting and robust.
Binders for Durable and Sustainable Concrete is a practical and innovative reference text which will be particularly relevant to engineers and chemists working in the Portland cement, concrete and admixture industries. This book will also be of interest to academics and graduate-level students in Civil Engineering departments who specialize in Portland cement and concrete technology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Binders and Concrete of Yesterday 3. Portland Cements: The Hydraulic Binders and Concrete Industries at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century 4. The Chemical and Phase Composition of Portland Cement 5. Production of Portland Cement (Written in Collaboration with J.C. Weiss) 6. Portland Cement Hydration 7. Admixtures 8. Cementitious Materials Other than Portland Cement (Supplementary Cementitious Materials; Mineral Components Portland Cement Additions) 9. Special Portland Cements and Other Types of Hydraulic Binder 10. The Art and Science of High-Performance Concrete 11. The Development of the Cement and Concrete Industries within a Sustainable Development Policy 12. Cements of Yesterday and Today, Concretes of Tomorrow 13. My Vision of Clinkers and Binders
Pierre-Claude Aïtcin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada. He has worked in concrete technology for many years and is the author of High Performance Concrete, also published by Taylor & Francis.