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Scanning Electron Microscopy of Cement and Concrete by Nicholas Winter

If you are interested in scanning electron microscopy ( SEM ) of cement and concrete, this book can help you:

Make sure you are using the right equipment

Get better SEM images

Get better X-ray microanalysis (EDX) data, both qualitative and quantitative

Improve the interpretation of your results

Save hours or even months of frustration and wasted time.

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Book details:

Price: $97.00 US (+$10.00 postage and packing)

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: WHD Microanalysis Consultants Ltd (Published 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-0-9571045-1-8

Book dimensions: 8 x 10.5 inches; 203 x 267 mm

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SEM, together with the closely associated technique of X-ray microanalysis, has added greatly to our understanding of cement and concrete. However, these are complex analytical techniques and some basic guidance can massively shorten the learning curve for those new to this fascinating field of study.

I’ve written this book in an informal style to make it easy to read. It isn’t a stuffy textbook written in formal English, but in more of a conversational style such as we might have sitting at your SEM. The content goes to the heart of what you need to know in order to get the best from your SEM in examining cementitious materials.

The main subjects covered are:

  • Equipment – what is necessary and what is just nice to have but not essential
  • Identifying unhydrated and hydrated cementitious phases, with images and X-ray spectra of all the main cement clinker minerals and cement hydration products
  • Qualitative and quantitative X-ray microanalysis, with particular regard to analysis of cement hydration products and clinker minerals
  • Estimating water-cement ratios of concrete
  • Digital image analysis
  • How to identify deleterious processes in concrete
  • Common problems encountered in specimen preparation, imaging and X-ray microanalysis.

What this book isn’t:

Obviously, this book can’t be a manual on the operation of every SEM and EDX system on the planet; you need to know how to drive your own machine. For example, it suggests what accelerating voltages you might want to use but you need to know how to actually change the voltage on your SEM.

While the analysis of clinker minerals is described, it isn’t a book on interpreting the data in the context of cement production.

Neither is this a book specifically on cement chemistry. If you are familiar with cement chemistry, you’ll be fine with this book. If your cement chemistry is a little rusty, this book assumes a level of knowledge contained in the Understanding Cement ebook, available from our Understanding Cement website.

What this book is:

It is the best source of hands-on information I’m aware of to help you get the most out of your SEM and EDX systems in examining cement and concrete, both in getting good images and good qualitative and quantitative data.

This can save you huge amounts of wasted time and money in mis-directed effort – if you hire your SEM by the hour, it will probably pay for itself on the first day. Even if you are more experienced, I hope that you will find much here to interest you.

I wish you every success in your SEM examination of cementitious materials.

Nick Winter

Nicholas Winter

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