Observations of War Damage to Concrete and to Cement Industry properties in Germany

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Title: Observations of War Damage to Concrete and to Cement Industry properties in Germany

Author(s): Myron A. Swayze

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 43

Issue: 2

Appears on pages(s): 617-628

Keywords: none

Date: 2/1/1947

Abstract:
While on a 7 week trip through Germany makinga survey of the German cement industry, the author observed damage to structures resulting from allied bombing. Types of German cement are compared with American cement and though German cements were generally considered as inferior to American, their high quality of concrete presented a paradox as seen in the durability of their roads. Illustrations show results of bombing on hotels, bridges, cement and industrial plants, and dams. An interesting example of the use of a mound of gravel as formwork for an arch factory roof is described. The author believes American engineers could profit by a study of German examples of precast concrete.