Concrete is at something of a crossroads: there are many opportunities and some threats. For those opportunities to change into beneficial practice, engineers, material scientists, architects manufacturers and suppliers must focus on the changes that are required to champion concrete and maintain its dominance within the global construction industry.
The Concrete Technology Unit (CTU) of the University of Dundee organised this Congress to address these changes, under the theme Global Construction: Ultimate Concrete Opportunities 5-7 July 2005.
The three-day International Congress consisted of ten Events:
Admixtures - Enhancing Concrete Performance forms the proceedings of Event 7 and deals with such issues as advances in admixture technology and concrete performance
About the Authors:
Professor Ravindra K Dhir is founding Director of the Concrete Technology Unit (CTU) at the University of Dundee. A renowned practitioner in the field of concrete technology, he is a member of numerous national and international technical committees and has published extensively on many aspects of concrete technology, cement science, durability and construction methods.
Professor Peter Hewlett is the Chief Executive of the British Board of Agrément and Visiting Industrial Professor at the Concrete Technology Unit (CTU) at the University of Dundee. A former President of the Concrete Society, UK, he is an authority on concrete and construction materials and is Editor of Lea’s revised Chemistry of Cement. He has published extensively and is Chairman of the editorial advisory board of the Magazine of Concrete Research.
Dr Moray D Newlands is CPD/Consultancy Manager in the Concrete Technology Unit (CTU) at the University of Dundee. He is involved in transferring technology to the concrete construction industry at a national and international level and his research interests include carbonation of concrete, plastic and autogenous shrinkage of cementitious systems and engineering properties of blended cement concretes.