Credit: 4 PDH or CE Hours
Course Fee: $60.00
This PDH or CE course discuss the process of curing. Curing is the maintenance of a satisfactory moisture content and temperature in concrete for a period of time immediately following placing and finishing so that the desired properties may develop (Fig. 12-1). The need for adequate curing of concrete cannot be overemphasized. Curing has a strong influence on the properties of hardened concrete; proper curing will increase durability, strength, water tightness, abrasion resistance, volume stability, and resistance to freezing and thawing and deicers. Exposed slab surfaces are especially sensitive to curing as strength development and freeze-thaw resistance of the top surface of a slab can be reduced significantly when curing is defective. When Portland cement is mixed with water, a chemical reaction called hydration takes place. The extent to which this reaction is completed influences the strength and durability of the concrete. Freshly mixed concrete normally contains more water than is required for hydration of the cement; however, excessive loss of water by evaporation can delay or prevent adequate hydration. The surface is particularly susceptible to insufficient hydration because it dries first. If temperatures are favorable, hydration is relatively rapid the first few days after concrete is placed; however, it is important for water to be retained in the concrete during this period, that is, for evaporation to be prevented or substantially reduced.
In this PDH CE course the attendee will learn with proper curing, concrete becomes stronger, more impermeable, and more resistant to stress, abrasion, and freezing and thawing. The improvement is rapid at early ages but continues more slowly thereafter for an indefinite period.
Franco F. Davati, P.E
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