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Scanning Electron Microscopy in Concrete Petrography



Paul E. Stutzman


Scanning electron microscopy has distinct advantages for characterization of concrete, cement, and aggregate microstructure, and in the interpretation of causes for concrete deterioration. Scanning electron microscope imaging facilitates identification of hardened cement paste constituents with greater contrast, and greater spatial resolution than for optical methods and provides ancillary capability for element analysis and imaging. Quantitative information may be extracted from these data, such as composition, phase abundance and distribution. Sample preparation and demonstration of some of the common imaging techniques and extraction of data using image processing and analysis are presented.
Proceedings Title
The Role of Calcium Hydroxide, Workshop | | | American Ceramic Society
Conference Dates
November 1-3, 2000
Conference Title
Materials Science of Concrete


calcium hydroxide, cement, concrete, microscopy, microstructure


Stutzman, P. (2000), Scanning Electron Microscopy in Concrete Petrography, The Role of Calcium Hydroxide, Workshop | | | American Ceramic Society, [online], (Accessed May 24, 2024)


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Created November 1, 2000, Updated February 19, 2017