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January 18, 2011

Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures Updated for Today's Concrete Industry

SKOKIE, Ill.—Every industry has one outstanding reference book, and for concrete it is Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures. For more than 85 years, the publication has been the cement and concrete industry’s primary guide to applications, methods and materials.

Design and ControlThe new, fully revised 15th edition by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) highlights the many advances that have occurred in the past decade while providing a concise, current reference on the fundamentals of concrete technology and construction.  

Backed by more than 95 years of PCA research, it addresses the essentials on freshly mixed and hardened concrete including  cements, supplementary cementing materials, aggregates, admixtures, air-entrainment, mixture proportioning, batching, curing, hot- and cold-weather concreting, high-performance concrete, and control tests for quality concrete.  Plus, four new chapters on sustainability, reinforcement, the properties of concrete, and durability reflect the latest information for the industry. 

The book is a roadmap for using the most recent standards, specifications, test methods and guides of ASTM International, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Concrete Institute and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

This comprehensive manual benefits personnel from ready-mixed concrete producers, concrete contractors, and material suppliers and is a reference publication for many national and state certification programs.  Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures also meets the growing needs of architects, engineers, builders, and students.

The 15th edition includes a forward by William F. Baker, PE, SE, FIStructE, a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

For more information or to order, visit the PCA Bookstore. Orders can also be placed by calling 800-868-6733. 

About PCA
The Portland Cement Association, based in Skokie, Ill.,  represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs. For additional information, visit

For media inquires please contact Holly Arthur at or 202-719-1979.




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