Type III Cement

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Type III cement is designed to develop early strength more quickly than a Type I cement.  This is useful for maintaining a rapid pace of construction, since it allows cast-in-place concrete to bear loads sooner and it reduces the time that precast concrete elements must remain in their forms.  These advantages are particularly important in cold weather, which significantly reduces the rate of hydration (and thus strength gain) of all Portland cements.  The downsides of rapid-reacting cements are a shorter period of workability, greater heat of hydration, and a slightly lower ultimate strength.

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