Question: Our firm is contemplating a job in Saudi Arabia where the cement would be shipped directly from the mill without storage before shipping. Is use of hot cement likely to cause cracking of the concrete in this hot, dry climate?

Answer: We assume that standard good job practices will be followed to minimize drying shrinkage cracking. If that is so, the cement itself should not cause trouble if:

  • it meets the physical and chemical specifications for the project
  • the cement is at a normally acceptable temperature when used or is used in a mix that contains enough ice or cool water as part of the designed mix water to bring the mix down to the desired temperature.(Liquid nitrogen has been used to cool hot cement as described in the article on page 391.)