Concrete is usually a durable material whose usefulness equals or exceeds its intended service life. Premature deterioration of a concrete building or its components can occur, however, if the concrete is not of adequate quality, the building and the concrete were not properly designed for the service environment, or the environment was not as anticipated or changed during the service life of the building. In many cases the premature deterioration of concrete can be prevented by selecting the constituents of concrete based on an understanding of the major deterioration processes of concrete. As our knowledge of the relationships between concrete constituents and durability improves, fewer incidents of premature deterioration will occur if the knowledge is properly disseminated.
KeywordsExpert System Portland Cement Calcium Aluminate Calcium Hydroxide Cathodic Protection
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