Image analysis techniques for characterization of pore structure of cement-based materials

David A. Lange*, Hamlin M. Jennings, Surendra P. Shah

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This paper explores several image analysis techniques that provide insight into the nature of pore structure as observed in backscattered electron images of polished sections. Image analysis techniques used in this study include sizing, two-point correlation, and fractal analyses. The spatial parameters computed by these techniques have potential for relating microstructure to material properties. Specimens include plain cement paste, pastes with silica fume, and mortars. Tests include determination of total porosity, mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP), compression and flexural testing. The two-parameter fracture model is used to characterize fracture properties. Pore size distribution from MIP is compared to pore size distribution derived from BSE images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-853
Number of pages13
JournalCement and Concrete Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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