Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures by Steven H. Kosmatka and Michelle L. Wilson
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Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures by Steven H. Kosmatka and Michelle L. Wilson

Preface and Acknowledgements:

Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures has been the cement and concrete industry’s primary reference on concrete technology for over 85 years. Since the first edition was published in the early 1920s, the U.S. version has been updated 15 times to reflect advances in concrete technology and to meet the growing needs of architects, engineers, builders, concrete producers, concrete technologists, instructors, and students.

This fully revised 15th edition was written to provide a concise, current reference on concrete, including the many advances that occurred since the last edition was published in 2002. The text is backed by over 95 years of research by the Portland Cement Association. It reflects the latest information on standards, specifications, and test methods of ASTM International (ASTM), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).

Besides presenting a 30% increase in new information over the prior edition within the previous chapters, this edition has added four new chapters on concrete sustainability, reinforcement, properties of concrete, and durability. The authors wish to acknowledge contributions made by many individuals and organizations who provided valuable assistance in the writing and publishing of the 15th edition. We are particularly grateful for the assistance of the individuals listed below.

This acknowledgment does not necessarily imply approval of the text by these individuals since the entire handbook was not reviewed by all those listed and since final editorial prerogatives have necessarily been exercised by the Portland Cement Association. A special thanks to the following PCA staff for extensive technical recommendations, contributions, photography, and text edits; Wayne Adaska, Richard Bohan, Terry Collins, Jamie Farny, Connie Field, Gregory Halsted, Wes Ikezoe, Susan Lane, Brian McCarthy, Kelly McGinnis, Bruce McIntosh, John Melander, Nathaniel Mohler, Larry Novak, Basile Rabbat, David Shepherd, Stephen Szoke, Paul Tennis, Donn Thompson, and Dave Zwicke.

In addition, special thanks goes to Cheryl Taylor and Arlene Zapata for their professional expertise in the design layout and artwork for this publication. Thanks also goes to ASTM, AASHTO, and ACI for the use of their material and documents referenced throughout the book. The authors have tried to make this edition of Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures a concise and current reference on concrete technology. Readers are encouraged to submit comments to improve future printings and editions of this book.

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