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Content DescriptionThis report introduces the concepts of and describes the process benefit and applications for using prewetted lightweight aggregate to increase cement hydration in internally cured concrete. It also describes mixture proportioning and absorptive material selection and discusses the benefits relating to sustainability. The materials, processes, quality control measures, and inspections described should be tested, monitored, or performed as applicable only by individuals holding the appropriate ACI certifications or equivalent. Keywords: absorption; curing; desorption; durability; high-performance concrete; hydration; internal curing; internally cured concrete; lightweight aggregate; outside curing; permeability; saturated-surface-dry; shrinkage; strength; supplementary cementitious materials; water movement.
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Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, the American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational & training programs, certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete. ACI has over 95 chapters, 110 student chapters, and nearly 20,000 members spanning over 120 countries.
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