Petrographic Manual: Petrographic Methods of Examining Hardened Concrete, Including Introduction, Sample Preparation, Questions and Suggestions, and Reading List

Report No: 91-IR4

Published in 1991

About the report:

This manual was undertaken to record for all persons wishing to do concrete petrography the petrographic procedures that have been found useful here at the Virginia Transportation Research Council. This interim report is made up of the introduction, reading list, sections on sample preparation, and suggestions for further research. The final manual will also include sections on selection and collection of specimens, specimen preparation, use of various microscopes, aggregate, determination of the air void parameters, shrinkage cracking, water/cement ratio, retempering, and alkali-aggregate reactions.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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Hollis N. Walker

Last updated: December 26, 2023

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