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Implications of Pyrite Oxidation for Engineering Works

Hawkins, A. Brian

2014, VII, 307 p. 283 illus., 188 illus. in color.

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  • Highlights and analyzes the distress to buildings caused by sulphate-induced heave
  • Describes the formation of pyrite, the processes involved in its oxidation and the various ways in which consequential expansion takes place
  • Discusses the way that buildings can be raised above their supporting foundation walls by the expansion of pyritiferous fill which has been used beneath ground-bearing floor slabs in Ireland
  • Photographs and profiles of sulphate development and ingress into concrete, plus case histories from the UK, North America and Ireland add abundant details and clarification
The book highlights and analyses the distress to buildings caused by sulphate-induced heave, with particular reference to the recent problems in the Dublin area of Ireland. It describes the formation of pyrite, the processes involved in its oxidation and the various ways in which consequential expansion takes place. For the first time in the literature it discusses the way that buildings can be raised above their supporting foundation walls by the expansion of pyritiferous fill which has been used beneath ground-bearing floor slabs in Ireland. The significance of fractures through the iron sulphide microcrystals for the rate and extent of oxidation is discussed. Photographs and profiles of sulphate ingress into concrete/concrete blocks are presented. Case histories from the UK, North America and Ireland are discussed.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ferrous sulphate - Gypsum - Iron sulphide - Pyrite - Pyrrhotite - Sulphate-induced heave

Related subjects » Civil Engineering - Environmental Science & Engineering - Environmental Sciences

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