Over the past 75 years, scientists and manufacturers have learned much about cement and concrete through laboratory exploration and analysis. And although people might not expect a typical cement laboratory to be high-tech, advances in computer-controlled equipment, robotics, sophisticated software, electronics, and optics are all changing the way work is carried out in cement laboratories. These advances reduce analysis time, increase the accuracy and precision of results, and enhance our knowledge of cement properties. This article discusses some of the newest tools being used in today’s most advanced cement laboratories and how the industry can benefit from their use.
Michael Morrison, Donald J. Broton and Ella Shkolnik, Senior Scientist and Technologists at CTLGroup, co-authored this August 2008 Concrete International article with Linda M. Hills and Luis Graf.
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