The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has announced the availability of a new publication for concrete industry professionals—ACI 308R-16 Guide to External Curing of Concrete.

This guide reviews and describes practices, procedures, materials and monitoring methods for the external curing of concrete and provides guidance for specifying curing procedures. Current curing techniques are presented and commonly accepted methods, procedures and materials are described. Methods are given for curing structures and buildings, pavements and other slabs-on-ground and for mass concrete. Curing methods for several specific categories of cement-based products are discussed in this document.

New research and methods of curing are presented and the guide covers definitions, curing methods and materials, curing for different types of construction and monitoring curing and curing effectiveness. Topics such as internal curing, curing at elevated temperatures, sustainability, curing of moisture-sensitive flooring, sensors for mass concrete curing and new curing monitoring techniques have been added or enhanced in this document.

“ACI’s goal of proactively gathering and sharing information on transformational ideas, practices and techniques is met through its technical documents,” said Michael Tholen, ACI's managing director, engineering and professional development. “The new ACI 308R-16 Guide to External Curing of Concrete, together with ACI 308.1-11 Specification for Curing Concrete, provides the most up-to-date information needed for the concrete industry professional.”

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