Cement classification

Type
Designation
Notation
Main addition
Main application fields
Main contra-indications
CEMENTS
 
Type
% by mass    
I

Portland without 
any main addition

Portland cement CEM I
-
-
Concrete and precast concrete with high or very high strength. Special public works made of prestressed concrete. Works made in aggresive environments. Mass concrete applications and structures prone to shrinkage cracking.
II/A
Portland cement with low content of main addition Portland slag cement CEM II/A-S
S
6-20
General purpose, high or medium strength mortar, concrete and precast concrete. Works made in agressive environments, depending on type and amount of the addition.

Portland silica fume cement

CEM II/A-D
D
6-10
Portland natural pozzolana cement CEM II/A-P
P
6-20
Portland natural calcined pozzolana cement CEM II/A-Q
Q
6-20
Portland siliceous fly ash cement CEM II/A-V
V
6-20

Portland calcareous fly ash cement

CEM II/A-W
W
6-20
Portland burnt shale cement CEM II/A-T
T
6-20
Portland limestone cement CEM II/A-L
L
6-20
CEM II/A-LL
LL
6-20
Portland composite cement CEM II/A-M
S/D/P/Q/
T/W/L/LL
6-20
II/B

Portland cement with moderate content of main addition

Portland slag cement

CEM II/B-S
S
21-35
General purpose, medium or low strength concrete and mortar Works in aggressive environments, depending on type and amount of addition.
Portland natural pozzolana cement CEM II/B-P
P
21-35
Portland natural calcined pozzolana cement CEM II/B-Q
Q
21-35

Portland siliceous fly ash cement

CEM II/B-V
V
21-35
Portland calcareous fly ash cement CEM II/B-W
W
21-35
Portland burnt shale cement CEM II/B-T
T
21-35

Portland limestone cement

CEM II/B-L
L
21-35
CEM II/B-LL
LL
21-35
Portland composite cement CEM II/B-M
S/D/P/Q/
T/W/L/LL
21-35
III
Blasfurnace cement

Blastfurnace cement

CEM III/A
S
36-65

Concrete in agressive environments (sulfates in soils, agressive or sea water, etc). Equivalent to SR type

Works where proper care cannot be guaranteed or where aesthetics is important. Concrete work at low temperatures.
CEM III/B
66-80
CEM III/C
81-95
IV
Pozzolanic cement Pozzolanic cement CEM IV/A
D/P/Q/V/W
11-35
General purpose concrete and mortar, especially in moderately agressive environments, due to pure water, or slightly acidic or carbonated water. Concrete for hydraulic structures. Concrete with alkali-reative aggregagates. Works in very aggressive environments.
CEM IV/B
36-65
V
Composite cement Composite cement CEM V/A
S/P/Q/V
18-30

Soil stabilization. Soil cement, gravel cement and road bases. Dry compacted concrete for dams or mass applications. 

When it is not recommmended.
CEM V/B
31-50
LOW EARLY STRENGTH BLASTFURNACE CEMENTS (Suffix L)
UNE-EN 197-4:2005
Blastfurnaces cement of low early strength CEM III/A
S
36-65
 
Same as CEM III, but for mass concrete works (compacted concrete dams) Same as CEM III.
CEM III/B L 66-80
CEM III/C L
 
81-95
VERY LOW HEAT SPECIAL CEMENTS (Preffix VHL)
UNE-EN 14216:2005
Blastfurnace cement CEM III/B
S
66-80
Same as the corresponding CEM, but in mass concrete works (compacted concrete dams). Same as the corresponding CEM.
CEM III/C
81-95
Pozzolanic cement CEM IV/A
D/P/Q/V/W
11-35
CEM IV/B
36-65
Composite cement CEM V/A
S/P/Q/V
18-30
CEM V/B
31-50

WHITE CEMENTS
(Preffix BL)
UNE 80 305:96

White portland cement with additions BL I
S/D/P/Q/ T/W/L/LL
0-5
High or very high strength concrete and precast concrete. Special mortars (single layer). Analogue to CEM I and CEM II cements.
White portland cement with additions BL II
S/D/P/Q/ T/W/L/LL
6-25

Medium or high strength resistance concrete and precast concrete. Special mortars (single layer).

White masonry portland cement BL 22,5 X
S/D/P/Q/ T/W/L/LL
26-60
Floors, pavements, renders, stuccowork, masonry, etc. Forbidden for structures.
SPECIAL CEMENTS (Preffix ESP)
UNE 80307:2001
Cements for special uses ESP VI-1
S/P/V
45-75
Analogue to CEM V cements and specially for roadways (pavements, bases, subbases) and dams. When it is not recommended.
CEMENTS WITH ADDITIONAL FEATURES (Suffixes)
UNE 80303-1:2001
Sulfate-resistant cements
/SR   Presence of sulfates or sea water. Fundations in gypsum-rich soils. Marine structures in especially agressive environments.  According to the cement type and subtype.
UNE 80303-1:2001
Sea water-resistant cements
/MR Contact with sea water. Marine structures.
UNE-EN 197-1:2000/A1:2005
Low heat cements
/LH Low shrinkage concrete. Concrete work performed in hot weather. Mass concrete applications (dams).
MASONRY CEMENTS UNE-EN 413-1:2005
  MC 5
S/D/P/Q/ T/W/L/LL
75 Masonry mortar. When it is not recommended.
MC 12,5
MC 12,5 X 60
MC 22,5 X
CALCIUM ALUMINIUM HYDROXIDE DERIVATE CEMENTS
(CAC/R)
UNE-EN 14647:206
Calcium aluminate cements CAC/R Only made of calcium aluminate, without any addition

Refractory concrete and mortar. Aggressive environments (sulfates, sea water or slightly acidic water) and specific purposes.

When it is not recommended.

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