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Research Project: Development of a Monitoring Network, Engineering Tools, and Guidelines for the Design, Analysis, and Rehabilitation of Embankment Dams, Hydraulic Structures, and Channels

Location: Agroclimate and Hydraulics Research Unit

Title: Portland cement integrity: understanding the history, design, and testing procedures

item Wise, Jarrett

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/2/2023
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Portland cement is used in a variety of engineering applications including hydraulic structures and fluid barriers. Therefore, ensuring the integrity of cement is critical throughout the process from designing the slurry to mechanical integrity of the paste. The integrity of cement is affected by numerous factors including the mineralogy, the manufacturing process, chemical reactions that occur during hydration, and the properties of the slurry. An overview of the integrity of Portland cement and will include the following topics: history of cement from its origins to its modern uses, mineralogy/hydration, properties of cement slurry and their impact on integrity, design considerations, methods for evaluating integrity of cement paste, and case studies/examples of calculations for designing cement structures. This work is beneficial to federal agencies and industry by promoting research involved within the cement industry which can result in more efficient, and safer applications. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.