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Cement, or more correctly, Portland cement, named after the person who perfected making it, is essentially limestone that is burned in a kiln, then pulverized to a fine, fine dust.

Think of Portland cement as 'Instant limestone', because when you mix it with water, the water chemically combines with the cement to form a hard, hard product that is durable, has high compressive strength, and resembles limestone.

After the Portland cement dust is made, it is mixed with a large proportion of clay -- just plain, ordinary potter's clay -- and also a bit of gypsum and other trace ingredients that all work to make the cement set up harder and faster.

In concrete, Portland cement makes the concrete "cure", to set up, that is, to chemically combine with the water. The product is a very durable, very strong, very fast-curing aggregate, using sand and stones to fill in between each other and the cement particles.

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the main function is adhesion material between the components of concrete mix, cement needs water to react and form this property.


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