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Can rapid-hardening cement be used in water-retaining structures?

Normal Portland cement is usually adopted in water retaining structures.

Where sulphates or chemical agents are anticipated in groundwater, sulphate-resisting cement may be used to guard against sulphate and chemical attack.

However, it is normally not advisable to use rapid-hardening cement in water-retaining structures because it involves greater evolution of heat during hydration process, leading to increased shrinkage cracks which form the location of potential leakage in the structure. It is only applicable in cold weather condition where the rate of hydration is low.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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