Advanced Concrete Technology Processes


Advanced Concrete Technology Processes

  • Initial laboratory tests of concrete
  • Comprehensive mix design of ready-mixed concrete based on laboratory trials
  • Properties of lightweight concrete 
  • High strength concrete 
  • Heat-resisting and refractory concretes
  • High-density and radiation-shielding concrete and grout
  • Fibre-reinforced concrete
  • Masonry mortars
  • Recycled concrete
  • Self-compacting concrete
  • Sprayed concrete
  • Underwater concrete
  • Grouts and grouting
  • Concreting large-volume (mass) pours
  • Pumped concrete
  • Concrete construction for liquid-retaining structures
  • Production of readymixed concrete
  • Weathering of concrete
  • Formwork and falsework
  • Concrete roads and pavements
  • Cement-bound materials (CBM)
  • Concrete floors
  • Reinforced and prestressed concrete
  • Alternative reinforcement for concrete

The book is based on the syllabus and learning objectives devised by the Institute of

Concrete Technology for the Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) course. The first
ACT course was held in 1968 at the Fulmer Grange Training Centre of the Cement and
Concrete Association (now the British Cement Association). Following a re-organization
of the BCA the course was presented at Imperial College London from 1982 to 1986 and
at Nottingham University from 1996 to 2002. With advances in computer-based
communications technology the traditional residential course has now been replaced in
the UK by a web-based distance learning version to focus more on self-learning rather
than teaching and to allow better access for participants outside the UK. This book, as
well as being a reference document in its own right, provides the core material for the
new ACT course and is divided into four volumes covering the following general areas
  • constituent materials
  • properties and performance of concrete
  • types of concrete and the associated processes, plant and techniques for its use in construction
  • testing and quality control processes.

The aim is to provide readers with an in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of topics
within the field of concrete technology at an advanced level. To this end, the chapters are
written by acknowledged specialists in their fields.
The book has taken a relatively long time to assemble in view of the many authors so
the contents are a snapshot of the world of concrete within this timescale. It is hoped that
the book will be revised at regular intervals to reflect changes in materials, techniques
and standards.


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