Cracking Me Up: Petrographers' Insight into Concrete Cracking

Daniela Mauro, Senior Associate
Karla A. Salahshour, Senior Associate

Concrete cracks. It's a fact of life. The uncertainty and challenges lay in determining the reason why a concrete structure or element has cracked.

In this one-hour webinar, WJE petrographers Daniela Mauro and Karla Salahshour discuss common causes of concrete crack formation and share case studies from their own experience that highlight a range of conditions, including what cracking may look like in the field versus what a petrographer sees in the lab and the implications of this distinction. Illustrated by field images and photomicrographs, the presentation examines more common cracking patterns and causes and other less common deterioration mechanisms.

By the end of the presentation, you will be able to:

  • Recognize common causes of concrete cracks, 
  • Identify the mechanisms of several common causes of cracks,
  • Explain the laboratory techniques used to determine the causes of cracks, and
  • Describe the benefits of material analysis. 


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