Curing is one of those activities that every civil engineer and construction worker has heard of, but in reality does not worry about much. In practice, curing is often low on the list of priorities on the construction site, particularly when budgets and timelines are under pressure. Yet the increasing demands being placed on concrete mixtures also mean that they are less forgiving than in the past. Therefore, any activity that will help improve hydration and so performance, while reducing the risk of cracking, is becoming more important. Curing Concrete explains exactly why curing is so important and shows you how to best do it.
The book covers:
- The fundamentals behind hydration
- How curing affects the properties of concrete, improving its long-term performance
- What curing technologies and techniques you can use for different applications
- How to effectively specify, provide, and measure curing in a project
The author also gives numerous examples of how curing—or a lack of it—has affected concrete performance in real-world situations. These include examples from hot and cold climates, as well as examples related to high-performance concrete, performance parameters, and specifications and testing. Written for construction professionals who want to ensure the quality and longevity of their concrete structures, this book demonstrates that curing is well worth the effort and cost.
Cementitious Materials Chemistry and Hydration
Supplementary Cementitious Materials
Mix Design and Proportioning
Effects of Water
Benefits of Curing on Concrete Performance
Modulus of Elasticity
Curing in Practice
Selecting Curing Methods
Where, When, and How Long?
Measurement and Specifications
Balancing Theory and Practice
Heating and Cooling
Verification of Curing
Specifications and Testing