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.
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"Over the years, the first edition of Concrete Petrography has earned its spurs as a standard reference work for its target audience, and beyond. This lavishly illustrated second edition has been updated, vastly improved and extended. Its broad variety of topics caters to lab technicians, microscope operators, and academic learners. A comprehensive work like this deserves a place on the shelf of each petrographic lab or preparation room."
—Dr. Maarten A.T.M. Broekmans, Geological Survey of Norway – NGU
"… reflects decades of experience with concrete from the authors. Both are experts in the subject and a great effort is shown by the list of updated references that is included. The book not only explains the basic concepts needed for the performance of concrete petrography but also goes into unexpected detail regarding concrete composition, methods and sample preparation. The fact that it covers all the mechanisms known of concrete deterioration gives the reader important clues about the best approach on assessing a damaged structure. … It is a requisite in this area of knowledge!"
—Isabel Fernandes, University of Lisbon
"The book is encyclopaedic in character but very lucid and readable and I can truly recommend it to those who seriously investigate concrete, and especially problems in concrete in service. I know no better book on concrete petrography."
–– Adam Neville, from the Foreword
"I believe that this volume will stand for many years as the international standard and definitive source of information on the petrography of concrete and congratulate the authors on their accomplishment"
–– Sydney Diamond, Purdue University, USA in the Foreword
"This authoritative book is very welcome arrival…I sincerely congratulate the authors on their tremendous effort to produce this comprehensive invaluable text on concrete petrography…I would like to strongly recommend it to the whole cross section of professionals, researchers and academics who deal with the examination and evaluation of concrete structures, particularly those suffering from deterioration."
––Concrete Institute of Australia
"… this is one of those rare 'must read' books… this is a book that unlocks the mysteries of concrete … one of those books that one feels one must have on the technical bookshelf because you know you will want to refer to it at almost any time… a handsome book … if you are 'into' concrete in any way, you must try this book …if only for a new colourful view of the 'grey old concrete'."
–– The Structural Engineer
"… a good reference source…"
–– The Indian Concrete Journal, Sept 1998
"… a comprehensive review … this book provides a sound description of the literature of the subject … a valuable resource … an excellent introduction … a useful guide to the engineer … clear and useful photomicrographs … the value of petrography will be enhanced by this book."
–– Chemistry and Industry, April 1999
Overview of petrographic methods
Objectives and coverage
Petrographic equipment and methods
Petrographic examination of concrete
Initial laboratory examination
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
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
Air-void content and air entrainment
Mineral additions and pigments
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
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
Lightweight aggregates and concretes
Portland cement mortar, screeds, renders and special cements
Mortar and related materials
Renders and cementitious plasters
Jointing and bedding mortars
Special cements and grouts
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
Calcium silicate products
Special flooring finishes
Glossary of minerals