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In the preparation of this chapter, the contents of the corresponding chapters in previous editions of this publication were drawn upon heavily. The author acknowledges the work of the following authors: Clyde E. Kesler and Chester P. Seiss in a chapter entitled, “Static and Fatigue Strength,” published in ASTM STP 169 ; C. E. Kesler in a chapter entitled, “Strength,” published in ASTM STP 169A ; and K. N. Derucher in a chapter entitled, “Strength,” published in ASTM STP 169B . The work of each of these authors was a complete treatment of the topic of concrete strength testing at the time of its publication. The current chapter will review the topics as addressed by the previous authors, and introduce any new technology that has been developed. This is not intended to be a detailed analysis of the state-of-the-art in the area of concrete strength; a complete book would be required for that. Rather, general guidelines are given for better understanding the behavior of concrete under load.
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