Petrographic Methods of Examining Hardened Concrete: A Petrographic Manual

Report No: 92-R14

Published in 1992

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 at the Virginia Transportation Research Council. The manual is made up of an introduction and chapters on equipment, general initial procedures, cracks, preparation of specimens, voids (including determination of the air-void system), percentage analysis of solid components, examination with the stereomicroscope, water-cement ratio, alkali-aggregate reactions, particulate materials, and examination with the petrographic and the polarizing/epifluorescence microscopes. An extensive reading list, glossary, and other appendixes are also supplied.

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.


  • Hollis N. Walker

Last updated: December 25, 2023

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