Results of Experiments Upon Effect of Sea Water on the Tensile Strength of Various Mixtures of Cement and Sand
Cloyd M. Chapman
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Of the many theories and opinions now advanced to explain the change which takes place in concrete when exposed to sea water, the nist plausible are those which attribute the action to a slow solution by the water of some constituent of the cement or a slow deposition in the sea water, or both. But these theories are necessarily based on the assumption that water enters and leaves the concrete or percolates throught it, carrying something with it or leaving something behind. Put in waterproof concrete and the percolation will stop. Stop the percolation and the action will stop, and the concrete will remain unaffected.