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Petrography is an important part of bridge construction

What Can Petrographic Analysis Tell You About the Condition of Concrete Structures?

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  • 3:59PM Dec 09, 2014
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According to a 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, 1 in 9 bridges in metropolitan areas are structurally deficient. The estimated investment needed to eliminate the backlog of deficient bridges by 2028 is $20.5 billion annually—that’s $8 billion more per year than currently invested. Recently, CBS addressed the topic of crumbling roads and bridges in […]

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ACR Concrete Controversy Continues – Investigation Indicates that ASR is to Blame

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  • 6:35PM Dec 04, 2013
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Query: Can the main mechanism of concrete distress and cracking in a concrete made with ACR-susceptible aggregates be caused by ASR?? Fact: Alkali Carbonate Reaction (ACR) results when brucite, formed in concrete made with dolomitic (ACR-susceptible) aggregate, crystallizes and expands. Fact: Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR) occurs over time when the alkalis in cement react with […]

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Floor Failure Analysis Reiterates the Need to Consider a Variety of Factors

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  • 2:14PM Oct 14, 2012
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Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) is often the cause of debonding and blistering of epoxy coatings; however, the presence of ASR gel doesn’t necessarily mean that it is responsible for any degradation. Near-surface alkali reaction (NSAR) gel has been reported to have much the same effects. Like ASR, it appears as blistering in the low permeability surface […]

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