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Concrete Surface Engineering

  • Author: Benoit Bissonnette, Luc Courard, Andrzej Garbacz
  • ISBN: 9781138748545
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: July 27, 2017
  • Format: Paperback – 272 pages
  • Language: English


Applying any material to an existing concrete surface intrinsically entails the development of a bond. Considering the ever increasing importance of concrete repair and protection, which imply the creation of an interface between two materials, an improved knowledge of concrete surface characteristics is paramount.

Surface engineering, which has evolved from the world of metallurgy, addresses all surface-related considerations, notably adhesion. It provides a fundamental understanding of what will make the contact between two materials effective or not, allowing for interactions of variable intensity. It also comes with a variety of scientific tools for characterizing the quality of the substrate, the properties of the new material layer and their interface. In the case of concrete surface treatment, this is especially important for achieving lasting results.

This book addresses the essentials of concrete surface engineering in view of a wide variety of concrete surface treatments, from protective coatings to repairs. It provides a leading-edge source of information for practicing engineers, architects, repair specialists, and researchers on the following topics:

  • Surface engineering principles applied to concrete
  • Methods and techniques for assessing concrete surface characteristics
  • Fundamentals of adhesion between concrete and surface repairs/treatments
  • Compatibility requirements for concrete surface repairs/treatments
  • Review of surface preparation techniques available for concrete
  • Achievement and appraisal of bond between existing concrete and surface repairs/treatments
Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
    1. Fundamentals of surface engineering
    2. Concept and significance of concrete surface engineering applied to concrete
    3. References
  2. Surface of concrete
    1. Surface of concrete: Concepts and definitions
    2. Concrete surface composition
    3. Effective composition of the near-to-surface layer
    4. Conclusion
    5. References
  3. Characterization of concrete surface
    1. Introduction
    2. Surface profile
    3. Mechanical properties
    4. Cracking
    5. Porosity
    6. Moisture content
    7. Surface composition
    8. Chemical contamination
    9. Aesthetics
    10. Other properties
    11. Conclusion
    12. References
  4. Interfacial phenomena
    1. Adhesion: Principles
    2. Adhesion: Thermodynamic approach
    3. Contact angles and interfacial free energy
    4. Evaluation of interfacial energies
    5. Experimental studies
    6. Conclusion
    7. References
  5. Compatibility
    1. General considerations
    2. Dimensional compatibility
    3. Permeability compatibility
    4. Chemical compatibility
    5. Electrochemical compatibility
    6. Aesthetical compatibility
    7. Achievement of compatibility in repair systems
    8. Conclusion
    9. References
  6. Surface preparation
    1. Objectives
    2. Concrete removal techniques
    3. Surface preparation techniques
    4. Effects of preparation techniques on surface roughness
    5. Microcracking and bruising
    6. Comparison and limitation of techniques
    7. Moistening the surface
    8. Conclusion
    9. References
  7. Surface treatment of concrete and adherence
    1. Types of surface treatments for concrete
    2. Evaluation of adherence
    3. Influence of concrete surface characteristics
    4. Conclusion
    5. References
  8. Conclusions and perspectives
Author(s) Description

Benoît Bissonnette is professor of civil engineering at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada.

Luc Courard is professor of building materials at the University of Liège in Belgium.

Andrzej Garbacz is professor of building materials engineering in the Department of Building Materials Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland.

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