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Techniques for analyzing components of hardened concrete and studying its physical characteristics are reviewed. The methods include: light microscopy, wet chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction and fluorescence, absorption spectroscopy (ultraviolet, visible and infrared), electron microscopy, and crack analysis. The scope and problems of each method are discussed. Five examples of routine analyses using these methods individually and together are presented.
chemical analysis, concrete, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, optical microscopes, electron microscopes, ultraviolet spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, cracks
Research petrographer, Portland Cement Assn. Research and Development Laboratories, Skokie, Ill.