Concrete Science Research Brief: What’s in Your Concrete? (Part 1)

February 1, 2011

Concrete is defined by its properties in the hardened state. However, these are known to depend strongly on the chemical make-up created by the tens of chemical hydration reactions that take place when cement clinker phases react to form this cohesive liquid stone. This research combines in situ X-ray spectra and multivariate statistics to characterize quantitatively the chemical signature and volume fraction of phases in hardened cement paste. MORE