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This is a revision of Chapter 24, “Chemical Resistance of Concrete,#x201D; prepared by Lewis H. Tuthill, that appeared in the original edition of ASTM STP 169 and in subsequent editions of ASTM STP 169A and ASTM STP 169B. We are greatly indebted to Lewis H. Tuthill for his contributions to concrete technology as exemplified by his chapter. He has been a leader in the unending quest for excellence in the production of quality concrete, and his wisdom has greatly increased our understanding of how to make concrete better and more durable in exposure to severe environmental conditions. His contributions are well known throughout the concrete industry. The quality and engineering soundness of his work is indicated by the fact that many of his recommendations for making durable and chemically resistant concrete, and in particular those for making sulfate-resistant concrete, were developed many years ago but remain still intact and fully in force today. The contributions of the many other pioneers and leaders in the study of the chemical resistance of concrete, too numerous to adequately recognize, are also respectfully recognized. Special thanks are given to Doug Craft and Andy Murphy, chemists with the Bureau of Reclamation, for their helpful explanations on basic and applied chemistry, and to the ASTM reviewers of the manuscript for their many constructive comments that were incorporated into this chapter.
Supervisory materials research engineer, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO