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Contact details

Nagtegaal, Ger
Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CiTG), Section GCC
Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN Delft
Tel : +31 (0)15 27 84575
E-mail : G.W.Nagtegaal@tudelft.nl
Website : Not available

General Information


Thin section machine


Thin-section grinder for preparing thin sections of uniform thickness.


Microlab, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Stevinweg 1, Delft (building #23)

Key words:

section, slice, concrete, rock, specimen, grinding

Main application:

The instrument is intended to be used to prepare thin sections of portland cement concrete and clinker, asphalt concrete, aggregate or other materials by precisely grinding the material to a desired thickness with little to no damage. The prepared specimens are then examined in an optical petrographic microscope and/or scanning electron microscope. The analysis of thin sections allows for the optical properties of the material to be assessed thus determining the crystallography and mineralogy. The objectives of these investigations will primarily focus on the evaluation of these civil engineering materials for the purpose of characterization, identifying deterioration mechanisms and improving performance.

Instrument specification

Dansk Beton Teknik

Section thickness:
30 μm