King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Department of Civil Engineering



H.W assignment #1


Instructor: Dr. Salah Othman Al-Dulaijan



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  1. What is concrete?
  2. Explain the raw materials used and the steps in manufacturing the Portland cement.
  3. What are the main chemical compounds in the final product of a Portland cement? Give the role of each compound.
  4. Briefly explain the various types of cement giving their main characteristics and uses.
  5. Briefly explain the hydration reactions process of Portland cement, giving the products of hydration in order with time.








Due date: Monday March 6th 2006