An important new state-of-the-art report prepared by RILEM Technical Committee 108 ICC. It has been written by a team of leading international experts from the UK, USA, Canada, Israel, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, Italy and France. Research studies over recent years in the field of cement science have focused on the behaviour of the interfaces between the components of cement-based materials. The techniques used in other areas of materials science are being applied to the complex materials found in cements and concretes, and this book provides a significant survey of the present state of the art.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction. Microstructure. Characterization of interfacial microstructure. Development and nature of interfacial microstructure. Properties of transition zone. Tests to determine the mechanical properties of the interfacial zone. Mechanical modelling of the transition zone. Micromechanics of the interface in fibre-reinforced cement materials. Influence of transition zone on behaviour of concrete. Influence of the interfacial transition zone on mechanical properties. The effect of the transition zone on the transfer properties of concrete. Action of environmental conditions. The effects of ageing on the interfacial transition zone in concrete. Index.
'...an invaluable reference to researchers working in the same field as well as providing a very useful overview for practitioners.' - The Structural Engineer