It is always desirable to use the best cement in constructions. Therefore, the properties of a good cement must be investigated. Although desirable cement properties may vary depending on the type of construction, generally a good cement possesses following properties (which depend upon its chemical composition, thoroughness of burning and fineness of grinding).

  • Provides strength to masonry.
  • Stiffens or hardens early.
  • Possesses good plasticity.
  • An excellent building material.
  • Easily workable.
  • Good moisture-resistant.

Proper field tests and laboratory tests should be done to ensure the qualities of the cement.

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