Mineral of the month: cement




Hydraulic cement is a virtually ubiquitous construction material that, when mixed with water, serves as the binder in concrete and most mortars. Only about 13 percent of concrete by weight is cement (the rest being water and aggregates), but the cement contributes all of the concrete’s compressional strength. The term “hydraulic” refers to the cement’s ability to set and harden underwater through the hydration of the cement’s components.
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Title Mineral of the month: cement
Series title Geotimes
Volume 2006
Issue January
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher AGI
Contributing office(s) National Minerals Information Center
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