Cement and concrete are of great interest to the construction and civil engineering communities. This study provides an appreciation of the complex nature of these materials and a realization that most of the failures involving concrete constructions are preventable.
History of inorganic (calcareous) cements, mortars and concretes. Production of Portland cement. Hydration of cement - setting reactions. Mortar. Concrete. Standard tests for cements, cement pastes, mortars and concrete. Some additives (admixtures) used in mortar and concrete. High performance concrete. Physical behaviour of concrete after pouring. Reinforced and prestressed concrete. Fibre reinforced cement and concrete. Deterioration of cement and concrete. Durability and protection of concrete. Resistance of concrete to fire. Special cements and concretes. Index.