Advanced Concrete Technology
The book is based on the syllabus and learning objectives devised by the Institute ofConcrete Technology for the Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) course. The firstACT course was held in 1968 at the Fulmer Grange Training Centre of the Cement andConcrete Association (now the British Cement Association). Following a re-organizationof the BCA the course was presented at Imperial College London from 1982 to 1986 andat Nottingham University from 1996 to 2002. With advances in computer-basedcommunications technology the traditional residential course has now been replaced inthe UK by a web-based distance learning version to focus more on self-learning ratherthan teaching and to allow better access for participants outside the UK. This book, aswell as being a reference document in its own right, provides the core material for thenew ACT course and is divided into four volumes covering the following general areas:
•properties and performance of concrete
•types of concrete and the associated processes, plant and techniques for its use inconstruction
•testing and quality control processes.
The aim is to provide readers with an in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of topicswithin the field of concrete technology at an advanced level. To this end, the chapters arewritten by acknowledged specialists in their fields.The book has taken a relatively long time to assemble in view of the many authors sothe contents are a snapshot of the world of concrete within this timescale. It is hoped thatthe book will be revised at regular intervals to reflect changes in materials, techniquesand standards.