Thermal analysis was first used to investigate the pattern of dissociation of hydrated ordinary Portland cement. Portlandite
(Ca(OH)2) decomposes at about 500C. This was confirmed by kinetic calculations. Thermal analysis was then performed to establish
the effect of varying the cement content on the percent mass loss associated with the decomposition of Ca(OH)2 in cement mortar cured for 28 days. An increasing relation was obtained. Standard concrete cubes were then prepared with
cement contents ranging from 200 to 450 kg m-3. The loss in mass on heating, up to 750C, of concrete samples cured for 28 days was then related to the cement content in
concrete. The relation obtained was tested for concrete cubes of known cement content and found to be in better agreement
than the results obtained by conventional chemical analysis. This method can be used for an approximate determination of the
cement content in concrete.