Microstructural characterisation of porous construction materials- major challenges

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This paper focuses on the microstructural characterisation of porous construction materials. The attempt was made here to assess the existing methods of analysis of pore structure in cementitious materials, such as Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry (MIP) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Due to a number of simplifying assumptions and limitations on the use of individual methods, it is not possible to describe in a qualitative, reliable way the microstructure of porous construction materials. The way to achieve this goal is to employ a wide range of complementary techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials Characterisation IV
Subtitle of host publicationComputational Methods and Experiments
EditorsA.A. Mammoli, C.A. Brebbia
Place of PublicationSouthampton
PublisherWIT Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781845643669
ISBN (Print)9781845641894
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


  • cementitious materials
  • built environment
  • building porous materials
  • construction materials
  • microstructural characterisation
  • MIP
  • DSC
  • limitation of methods


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