Chapter 7. Further aspects of hardened concrete

In the preceding chapter, we considered the main factors influencing the strength of concrete. Here, some further aspects of strength will be discussed, including fatigue and impact; this will be followed by a brief description of electrical and acoustic properties of concrete.

Curing of concrete

In order to obtain good concrete, the placing of an appropriate mix must be followed by curing in a suitable environment during the early stages of hardening. Curing is the name given to procedures used for promoting the hydration of cement, and consists of a control of temperature and of the moisture movement from and into the concrete. The temperature factor is dealt with in Chapter 8.

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