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Petrographic Methods of Examining Hardened Concrete: A Petrographic Manual

Research/Reference: useful for researchers doing further work in the pavement area as well as those developing improved testing and design procedures. Includes documents of historical value.

Primary Topic: Pavement Testing

Description: This manual provides a comprehensive discussion of equipment and techniques that have been found useful in performing petrographic examinations of hardened concrete and its constituent materials. It includes an introduction and chapters on equipment, general initial procedures, cracks, preparation of specimens, and voids (including determination of the air-void system); determination of volumetric proportions of constituents; examination with the stereomicroscope; the water-cementitious materials ratio; alkali-aggregate reactions; cementitious materials; and examinations with the petrographic, polarizing/epifluorescence, and scanning electron microscopes. An extensive reading list, glossary, and other appendixes are included.

FHWA Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-150

Publication Year: 2006

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Updated: 02/20/2015

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