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Handbook of
Thermal Analysis
of Construction Materials

by V.S. Ramachandran et al

This comprehensive book contains essential information on the applicability of thermal analysis techniques to evaluate inorganic and organic materials in construction technology.

The material scientists at the National Research Council of Canada have established one of the best thermal analysis laboratories in the world. Various types of thermal analysis techniques have been applied successfully to the investigation of inorganic and organic construction materials. These studies have provided important information on the characterization of raw as well as finished materials, quality control, quantitative estimation, interrelationships between physical, chemical, mechanical, and durability characteristics.

Information on the application of thermal analysis to construction materials is dispersed in literature and hence the IRC scientists embarked on producing a handbook, the first of its kind, incorporating the latest knowledge available in this field of activity. Almost all important construction materials have been included.


  1. Thermoanalytical Techniques

    • Classical Techniques
    • Modern Techniques

  2. Introduction to Portland Cement Concrete

    • Production of Portland Cement
    • Composition
    • Individual Cement Compounds
    • Relative Behaviors of Individual Cement Materials
    • Hydration of Portland Cement
    • Properties of Cement Paste
    • Permeabilty of Cement Paste
    • Dimensional Changes
    • Models of Hydrated Cement
    • Mathematical Models
    • Concrete Properties
    • Durability of Concrete
    • Alkali-Aggregate Expansion
    • Frost Action
    • Sea Water Attack
    • Corrosion of Reinforcement
    • Carbonation of Concrete
    • Delayed/Secondary Ettringite Formation

  3. Formation and Hydration of Cement and Cement Compounds

    • Raw Materials
    • Clinkerization
    • Synthesis of Cement Phases
    • Polymorphism in Silicates
    • Hydration
    • Portland Cement
    • Durability Aspects

  4. Introduction to Concrete Admixtures

    • Accelerators
    • Water Reducers and Retarders
    • Superplasticizers
    • Air-Entraining Agents
    • Mineral Admixtures
    • Miscellaneous Admixtures

  5. Accelerating Admixtures

    • Calcium Chloride
    • Non-Chloride Accelerators

  6. Retarding and Water Reducing Admixtures

    • Lignosulfonates
    • Sugar-Free Lignosulfonates
    • Hydroxycarbolic Acids
    • Sugars
    • Phosphonates
    • Conduction Calorimetric Assessment of Retarders
    • Slump Loss
    • Abnormal Setting
    • Ready-Mix Concrete
    • Other Admixtures
    • Indentification of Water Reducers/Retarders

  7. Superplasticizing Admixtures

    • Tricalcium Aluminate
    • Tricalcium Aluminate-Gypsum System
    • Tricalcium Silicate
    • Cement
    • Thermal Analysis of Superplasticizers

  8. Supplementary Cementing Materials and Other Additions

    • Fly Ash
    • Silica Fume
    • Slags
    • Rice Husk Ash
    • Metakaolinite
    • Natural Pozzolans
    • Relative Effects of Pozzolans and Their Mixtures
    • Miscellaneous Additives

  9. Introduction ot Non-Portland Cement Binders and Concrete

    • Magnesium Oxychloride Cement
    • Magnesium Oxysulfate Cement
    • Calcium Aluminate Cements
    • Portland Cement-Calcium Aluminate Cement Blends
    • Phosphate Cement Systems
    • Magnesia Phosphate Cement Binders
    • Regulated-Set Cement
    • Mechanical Properties and Durability of Jet Set-Based Cement Systems

  10. Non-Portland Rapid Setting Cements

    • Calcium Aluminate Cements
    • Jet Set (Regulated-Set) Cements
    • Magnesium Oxychloride and Magnesium Oxysulfate Cement Systems
    • Zinc Oxychloride Cement
    • Magnesia-Phosphate Cements
    • Hydroxyapatite

  11. Gypsum and Gypsum Products

    • Differential Thermal Analysis and Differential Scanning Calorimetry
    • Thermogravimetric Analysis
    • Dehydration of Gypsum
    • Simultaneuous TG-DTG-DTA
    • Conversion Reactions
    • Controlled Transformation Rate Thermal Analysis
    • Industrial Applications

  12. Clay-Based Construction Products

    • Thermal Behavior and Identification of Clays and Accessory Materials
    • Applications
    • Durability of Clay Bricks

  13. Introduction ot Organic Construction Materials

    • Adhesives and Sealants
    • Paints and Coatings
    • Ashpalt-Bituminous Materials
    • Roof Covering Materials

  14. Sealants and Adhesives

    • Test Methods
    • Applications

  15. Roofing Materials

    • Bituminous Roofing Materials
    • Synthetic Roofing Membranes
    • Applications

  16. Paints and Coatings

    • Paints
    • Coatings


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