Concrete Technology at the Crossroads--Problems and Opportunities


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Title: Concrete Technology at the Crossroads--Problems and Opportunities

Author(s): P. K. Mehta

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 144


Appears on pages(s): 1-30

Keywords: air pollution; concrete technology; conservation; deterioration; durability; education; models; quality assurance; research; service life; urban development; waste management; General

Date: 3/1/1994

The future of the concrete industry appears to be bright from projections based on current trends in population growth, and increasing industrialization and urbanization. However, this optimism must be tempered with changing attitudes in society on ecological issues such as conservation of natural resources, durability of engineering materials, and environmental pollution. Due to increasing public concern with durability of concrete as a construction material, this subject is discussed in detail with reference to deficiencies in the science of concrete durability, methods of testing for quality assurance and service-life prediction, and education in concrete technology.