The Microstructure of Hardened Cement Paste and Concrete

by J. Francis Young, Univ of Illinois, Urbana, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Mechanics


Concrete is a composite material created from a mixture of a binder (hardened portland cement paste) and a filler (fine and coarse aggregates). Like any other composite material the physical and engineering properties will depend on the properties of the constituent materials and the interactions between them. In this paper the important features of the structure of concrete at the micron level is described and its influence of bulk material properties is discussed.

Subject Headings: Microstructure | Cement | Composite materials | Construction materials | Mixtures | Binders (material) | Portland cement | Aggregates

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