Problems are frequently encountered in producing good quality
concrete in hot climates. Inadequate curing results in early
cracking or porous/permeable concrete or both which leads to
deterioration (including reinforcement corrosion) of structures.
This research investigated the effect of curing on the performance
of OPC and GGBFS concretes in a hot climate. Five curing methods
were selected and applied to each concrete mix. The methods used
representing the range of practical methods available on site.
Moreover. the effect of cement replacement materials on concrete
durability was studied. Ground granulated blast-furnace—similar to
that produced in Algeria—was used in three different percentages,
namely 30%, 50% and 70%. Finally the performance of
specimen sizes was also investigated. Cubes and beams specimens
have been compared to walls specimens of reasonable size to
represent full size structural members. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.