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Visible Cement Data Set.

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Bentz, D. P.; Mizell, S.; Satterfield, S. G.; Devaney, J. E.; George, W. L.; Ketcham, P. M.; Graham, J. R.; Porterfield, J. E.; Quenard, D. A.; Vallee, F. A.; Sallee, H

Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Vol. 107, No. 2, 137-148, March/Arpil 2002.

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cements; cement hydration; image analysis; microstructure; Plaster of Paris; visualization; x-ray microtomography


With advances in X-ray microtomography, it is now possible to obtain three-dimensional representations of a material's microstructure with a spatial resolution of better than one micrometer per voxel. The Visible Cement Data Set represents a collection of 3-D data sets obtained using the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France in September of 2000. Most of the images obtained are for hydrating portland cements pastes, with a few data sets representing hydrating Plaster of Paris and a common building brick. All of these data sets are being made available on the Visible Cement Data Set website at The website includes the raw 3-D datafiles, a description of the material imaged for each data set, example two-dimensional images and visualizations for each data set, and a collection of C language computer programs that will be of use in processing and analyzing the 3-D microstructural images. This paper provides the details of the experiments performed at the ESRF, the analysis procedures utilized in obtaining the data set files, and a few representative example images for each of the three materials investigated.