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.
Introduction to Portland Cement Concrete
Formation and Hydration of Cement and Cement Compounds
Introduction to Concrete Admixtures
Retarding and Water Reducing Admixtures
Supplementary Cementing Materials and Other Additions
Introduction of Non-Portland Cement Binders and Concrete
Non-Portland Rapid Setting Cements
Gypsum and Gypsum Products
Clay-Based Construction Projects
Introduction of Organic Construction Materials
Sealants and Adhesives
Paints and Coatings