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|Title: ||Development and Standardization of the NIST Rapid Sulphate Resistance Test|
|Authors: ||Aleksic, Mila|
|Advisor: ||Hooton, Robert Douglas|
|Department: ||Civil Engineering|
|Keywords: ||sulphate resistance|
accelerated testing methods
|Issue Date: ||14-Dec-2010|
|Abstract: ||The NIST miniature paste prism test was developed to assess sulphate resistance of cements faster than the commonly used ASTM C 1012 test. The goal of this research is to address the current limitations regarding the NIST procedure to determine the optimum testing parameters and to establish appropriate expansion limits. A range of variables including details of specimen design, curing regime, water-to-cementitious materials ratio, and prism length were tested on the materials with a wide range of sulphate performance.
The findings of the study demonstrate that even though it can yield results in only three months, the NIST test can provide an erroneous differentiation between certain cementitious materials. Reliability and repeatability of the test results can be improved by using longer specimens and longer curing times. The NIST test can be used as a preliminary screening test, but users need to be aware of its limitations.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
Department of Civil Engineering - Master theses
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