Advanced Concrete Technology

Advanced Concrete Technology 

Concrete is the most widely used material in the world. It plays an important role in infrastructure
and private buildings construction. Understanding the basic behaviors of concrete is essential for
civil engineering students to become civil engineering professionals. There have been some very
good books regarding concrete, including Concrete by Mindess, Young, and Darwin, Concrete:
Structure, Properties, and Materials by Mehta and Monteriro, and Concrete Technology by
Neville and Brook. The motivation to write this book is to introduce new methodologies, new
developments, and new innovations in concrete technology.

The book is divided into nine chapters. Chapter 1 gives a brief introduction of concrete,
including its historic development and advantages. Chapter 2 provides the knowledge of raw
materials used for making concrete, covering aggregates, binders, admixtures, and water. Chapter

3 discusses the properties of fresh concrete, including workability and the corresponding mea-
surement methods. Chapter 4 focuses on the structure of concrete at different scales, especially

the calcium silicate hydrate at nanometer scale. Chapter 5 covers the properties of hardened
concrete, including strength, durability, stress–strain relation, and dimension stability.


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