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M-15 = 1:2:4 (cement:stone:sand) m-20= 1:1.5:3 (cement:stone:sand) m-25= 1:1:2 (cement:stone:sand)

M20 - 1:2:4 m25 - 1:1:3 m30 - 1:1:2

They refer to strength of cement. A cubical block made with that cement can take a load of 15 MPa(Mega Pascal), 20 MPa, 25 MPa respectively

M stands for mix & 15,20 & 25 this numrical valu stands for required compressive strength in mpa

e. but there is no doubt that the quality control adds to the cost of concrete. water and aggregates. placing. is termed the concrete mix design. c) Maximum water-cement ratio and/or maximum cement content to give adequate durability for the particular site conditions d) Maximum cement content to avoid shrinkage cracking due to temperature cycle in mass concrete. plant and labour. durability. The compressive strength of hardened concrete which is generally considered to be an index of its other properties.g. The proportioning of ingredient of concrete is governed by the required performance of concrete in 2 states. strength. it cannot be properly placed and compacted. a concrete mix of inadequate workability may result in a high cost of labour to obtain a degree of compaction with available equipment. quality and quantity of cement. From technical point of view the rich mixes may lead to high shrinkage and cracking in the structural concrete. and to evolution of high heat of hydration in mass concrete which may cause cracking. namely the plastic and the hardened states. therefore.g. depends upon many factors. Types of Mixes . The property of workability.. The cost of labour depends on the workability of mix. If the plastic concrete is not workable. thus the aim is to produce as lean a mix as possible. Requirements of concrete mix design The requirements which form the basis of selection and proportioning of mix ingredients are : a ) The minimum compressive strength required from structural consideration b) The adequate workability necessary for full compaction with the compacting equipment available. The variations in the cost of materials arise from the fact that the cement is several times costly than the aggregate. and depends on the size and type of job. The actual cost of concrete is related to the cost of materials required for producing a minimum mean strength called characteristic strength that is specified by the designer of the structure. e. The cost of concrete is made up of the cost of materials. This depends on the quality control measures. compaction and curing. batching and mixing.Concrete Mix Design Introduction The process of selecting suitable ingredients of concrete and determining their relative amounts with the objective of producing a concrete of the required. The extent of quality control is often an economic compromise. becomes of vital importance. and workability as economically as possible.

The mean compressive strength required at a specific age. M15. when the 28-day strength of concrete does not exceed 30 N/mm 2. fine and coarse aggregates. M20. 3. However. have a margin of strength above that specified. Factors affecting the choice of mix proportions The various factors affecting the mix design are: 1. These offer simplicity and under normal circumstances.5:3) and (1:1:2) respectively. M25. Nominal Mixes In the past the specifications for concrete prescribed the proportions of cement. This is most rational approach to the selection of mix proportions with specific materials in mind possessing more or less unique characteristics. determines the nominal water-cement ratio of the mix. M35 and M40. M15.1. No control testing is necessary reliance being placed on the masses of the ingredients. Compressive strength It is one of the most important properties of concrete and influences many other describable properties of the hardened concrete. the designed mix does not serve as a guide since this does not guarantee the correct mix proportions for the prescribed performance. For the concrete with undemanding performance nominal or standard mixes (prescribed in the codes by quantities of dry ingredients per cubic meter and by slump) may be used only for very small jobs. (1:2:4). The approach results in the production of concrete with the appropriate properties most economically. In this designation the letter M refers to the mix and the number to the specified 28 day cube strength of mix in N/mm 2. The mixes of grades M10. due to the variability of mix ingredients the nominal concrete for a given workability varies widely in strength. except that the minimum cement content can be laid down. Designed Mixes In these mixes the performance of the concrete is specified by the designer but the mix proportions are determined by the producer of concrete. M30. M20 and M25 correspond approximately to the mix proportions (1:3:6). (1:1. 2. Standard mixes The nominal mixes of fixed cement-aggregate ratio (by volume) vary widely in strength and may result in under. These mixes are termed standard mixes. IS 456-2000 has designated the concrete mixes into a number of grades as M10. usually 28 days. The other factor affecting the strength of concrete at a given age and cured at a prescribed .or over-rich mixes. the minimum compressive strength has been included in many specifications. However. For this reason. These mixes of fixed cement-aggregate ratio which ensures adequate strength are termed nominal mixes.

the concrete must have a high workability so that full compaction can be achieved with a reasonable amount of effort. The variation in strength results from the variations in the properties of the mix ingredients and lack of control of accuracy in batching. These are the size of the section to be concreted. curing and testing. Coarser the grading leaner will be mix which can be used. Maximum nominal size of aggregate In general. An important feature of a satisfactory aggregate is the uniformity of the grading which can be achieved by mixing different size fractions. This also applies to the embedded steel sections.temperature is the degree of compaction. the durability requirement will determine the water-cement ratio to be used. Durability The durability of concrete is its resistance to the aggressive environmental conditions. Workability The degree of workability required depends on three factors. placing. The lower the . Quality Control The degree of control can be estimated statistically by the variations in test results. However. The type of aggregate influences strongly the aggregate-cement ratio for the desired workability and stipulated water cement ratio. Grading and type of aggregate The grading of aggregate influences the mix proportions for a specified workability and water-cement ratio. IS 456:2000 and IS 1343:1980 recommend that the nominal size of the aggregate should be as large as possible. In the situations when the high strength is not necessary but the conditions of exposure are such that high durability is vital. Very lean mix is not desirable since it does not contain enough finer material to make the concrete cohesive. High strength concrete is generally more durable than low strength concrete. the amount of reinforcement. 3. the compressive strength tends to increase with the decrease in size of aggregate. 5. because the workability of concrete increases with increase in maximum size of the aggregate. larger the maximum size of aggregate. 6. The desired workability depends on the compacting equipment available at the site. and the method of compaction to be used. According to Abraham’s law the strength of fully compacted concrete is inversely proportional to the water-cement ratio. 4. mixing. smaller is the cement requirement for a particular water-cement ratio. 2. For the narrow and complicated section with numerous corners or inaccessible parts.

Maximum nominal size of aggregates to be used in concrete may be as large as possible within the limits prescribed by IS 456:2000. Determine the mean target strength ft from the specified characteristic compressive strength at 28-day fck and the level of quality control. for the required workability and maximum size of aggregates (for aggregates in saturated surface dry condition) from table. 2. The factor controlling this difference is termed as quality control.. For e. . quantity and spacing of reinforcement and technique used for transportation. fine and coarse aggregates.difference between the mean and minimum strengths of the mix lower will be the cementcontent required. a concrete mix of proportions 1:2:4 means that cement. 4. Procedure 1. Estimate the amount of entrapped air for maximum nominal size of the aggregate from the table. The water cement ratio so chosen is checked against the limiting water cement ratio for the requirements of durability given in table and adopts the lower of the two values. The cement content is to be limited from shrinkage. Obtain the water cement ratio for the desired mean target using the emperical relationship between compressive strength and water cement ratio so chosen is checked against the limiting water cement ratio. fine and coarse aggregate are in the ratio 1:2:4 or the mix contains one part of cement. ft = fck + 1. The workability of concrete for satisfactory placing and compaction is related to the size and shape of section. 3. cracking and creep. placing and compaction. The type of cement influences the rate of development of compressive strength of concrete. Mix Proportion designations The common method of expressing the proportions of ingredients of a concrete mix is in the terms of parts or ratios of cement. The proportions are either by volume or by mass. 5. two parts of fine aggregate and four parts of coarse aggregate. Determine the percentage of fine aggregate in total aggregate by absolute volume from table for the concrete using crushed coarse aggregate. The water-cement ratio is usually expressed in mass Factors to be considered for mix design The grade designation giving the characteristic strength requirement of concrete. Select the water content.g.65 S where S is the standard deviation obtained from the Table of approximate contents given after the design mix.

Determine the concrete mix proportions for the first trial mix. Prepare the concrete using the calculated proportions and cast three cubes of 150 mm size and test them wet after 28-days moist curing and check for the strength. kg p = ratio of fine aggregate to total aggregate by absolute volume fa. Sca = specific gravities of saturated surface dry fine and coarse aggregates. grading of fine aggregate and for rounded aggregate the values are given in table. kg C = mass of cement per cubic metre of concrete. respectively.6. 10. kg. and Sfa. water cement ratio. per cubic metre of concrete. respectively 9. . calculate the content of coarse and fine aggregates per unit volume of concrete from the following relations: where V = absolute volume of concrete = gross volume (1m3) minus the volume of entrapped air Sc = specific gravity of cement W = Mass of water per cubic metre of concrete. From the quantities of water and cement per unit volume of concrete and the percentage of sand already determined in steps 6 and 7 above. Check the cement against the minimum cement content from the requirements of the durability. 7. 8. 11. Ca = total masses of fine and coarse aggregates. Prepare trial mixes with suitable adjustments till the final mix proportions are arrived at. and greater of the two values is adopted. Adjust the values of water content and percentage of sand as provided in the table for any difference in workability. Calculate the cement content form the water-cement ratio and the final water content as arrived after adjustment.

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