Scanning Electron Microscopy of
Cement and Concrete

 Maximise Your SEM Productivity and
Save Yourself Time, Money and Frustration

The SEM is a wonderful instrument and the time you spend using it is precious. It is also expensive if you are paying for it yourself, so you have to make the best possible use of it. This book tells you what to do (and what not to do) and will dramatically shorten your learning curve, saving you days, weeks or even months of wasted SEM time.

Consider this for a moment: at normal commercial rates, using an SEM for one day is likely to cost at least $1000 US, and maybe double that. If this book saves you just one single hour by giving you just one idea, or by clarifying just one issue for you, or by stopping you making just one mistake, the book has paid for itself. In practice, on the first day alone it will likely pay for itself many times over.

Even if you don't have to pay for your SEM time directly, your time on the instrument will be limited. If you squander it fruitlessly it may mean you won't finish your project, or do as well as you might have done, and that could be a sad waste of opportunity.

In short, if you are new to SEM of cementitious materials, this book will start you off on the right track and even if you are more experienced, there will be much here of interest for you.


Informal and Easy to Read Writing Style

There's no complex theory - this book just tells you in plain English what you need to do and why you need to do it. The informal writing style makes everything easy to understand, even if English isn’t your first language.


Like Having a Knowledgeable Colleague With You While You Work

All too often, if you’re new to SEM of cementitious materials, you may find you don’t have access to the detailed help that you really need. I can't actually sit with you while you are working, but if you have my book it's the next best thing.


Fracture Surface or Polished section? Secondary or Backscattered Imaging?

Tells you which technique to use and why. Starting with simple imaging of fracture surfaces, the book then progresses to preparing and using polished sections, qualitative and  quantitative X-ray microanalysis, digital image analysis of backscattered electron images and much more.


What to Look For and How to Recognize It

Examples of images and X-ray spectra of all the major clinker minerals and hydrated cementitious phases help you identify what you are seeing.


Identify Concrete Problems

Shows you how to identify deleterious process in concrete with images and X-ray spectra of the principal causes of damage to concrete, including alkali-silica reaction and sulfate attack.


What To Do If It All Goes Wrong

There’s a troubleshooting chapter that helps you determine if your SEM and X-ray equipment is working properly and what to check if you can’t get good quantitative analyses.


Master the Black Art of Making Polished Sections

Polished sections are essential for many types of investigation and a good polished section can make all the difference between either getting excellent results, or spending hours of SEM time getting no useful results at all. Make your sections the right way, as described in Appendix B.


Comments from Purchasers

"This clearly written and easy-to-read book contains all the important information about SEM of Portland Cement-based materials. An essential work for those interested in cementitious materials, and not only for cement and concrete researchers!"
Farkas Pintér, Scientific Laboratory, Federal Bureau for the Protection of Monuments, Austria

"Thanks to your book and your email explanations, I am gradually understanding how EDS for cement and concrete works. Thanks so much for the effort you made in writing such a wonderful book. I am yet to see any book in the market that is close to what you authored."
Obinna Onuaguluchi, Vancouver, Canada.

"Your book is not only unique for cement and concrete people but also for those from any other discipline. To the best of my knowledge, there is no single manuscript that explains quantitative microanalysis as clearly, understandably and practically as you did in your book. With my compliments."
Dr Oguzhan Copuroglu, Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.


Book Details

Price: $97.00 US (+$10.00 shipping)

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: WHD Microanalysis Consultants Ltd., April 2012

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-0-9571045-1-8

Book dimensions: 8 x 10.5 inches; 203 x 267 mm


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Try "Scanning Electron Microscopy of Cement and Concrete" now, risk-free. In a bookstore, you can look through a book before you buy. You can't do that here, so we offer a 60-day money back guarantee. If you decide it isn't for you for any reason, just return the book to us in good condition within 60 days and we'll refund what you paid for the book (less shipping), no questions asked.


Special Limited Bonus Offer

I am currently offering all purchasers of the book a free 30 minute consultation using Skype or email. You can ask me anything you like concerning SEM of cement and concrete and I will try to help.

This may be helpful if you have a particular problem and are unclear how to go about solving it, or if you would like a more general discussion on some particular issue, or if you don't have anyone available familiar with SEM of cementitious materials and you would like to discuss something in particular. I can't promise to be able to help but I'll do my best. In most cases I can probably suggest broadly what you need to be aiming to do.

Our Skype discussion will be at a mutually convenient time we can arrange by email. I suggest that you wait until you have received the book and read through it before you email me to fix a date and time as the book may well contain the answer to some of your questions.

Alternatively, if you prefer to communicate by email instead of Skype, that's fine - just email me your queries and I'll do my best to help.

This bonus alone should be worth more than the cost of the book, but I'm very happy to make this offer as I really want to help you and one-to-one communication is often the best way to achieve that.

Obviously, this is a very limited offer as there are only 24 hours in a day so this offer may disappear at any time. You can take advantage of it any time in the three months after your purchase.


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