Microwave Reflection Measurements of the Dielectric Properties of Concrete: Final Report

Report No: 84-R10

Published in 1983

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The use of microwave reflection measurements to continuously and nondestructively monitor the hydration of concrete is described. The method relies upon the influence of the free-water content on the dielectric properties of the concrete. Use of the method, on concrete blocks showed linear relations between the compressive strength, water-cement ratio, and block thickness with the dielectric properties. Some possible applications of the method are discussed.

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G. G. Clemeña

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