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**Tests on Aggregate, Portland Cement and Portland Cement Concrete
**

Unit 1: Unit 2-3: Unit 4: Normal Consistency and Times of Set of Portland Cement Compressive and Tensile Strengths of Portland Cement Physical Characteristics of Coarse Aggregate (Grading, Absorption Capacity, Specific Gravity, and Unit Weight) Optimal Selection of Fine to Coarse Aggregates Ratio Properties of Hardened Concrete (Compressive Strength, Tensile Strength, and Modulus of Elasticity)

Unit 5: Unit 6-9:

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INTRODUCTION

What is Concrete? Concrete is a composite material consisting of coarse and fine aggregates (natural or crushed stones and sand) embedded in a hard matrix of cement-water paste. The cement-water paste, acting as a binder, fills the space between the aggregate particles and bonds or glues them together. While both coarse and fine aggregate are inert, naturally- found materials, the cement is a man- made material which reacts with water to form cement paste. With time, the cement undergoes chemical reaction with water and results in the hardening of the cement paste. This chemical reaction is often referred to as the hydration process.

Concrete Mix Design The solid portion of hardened concrete is composed of inert mineral aggregates and the hardened cement paste. Such hardened concrete should not only satisfy certain design requirements in its hardened state, but other design requirements should also be satisfied in its freshly mixed or plastic state. The purpose of a concrete mix design is to proportion its main ingredients in such a way that the resulting concrete mix satisfies the following: 1) The properties which are important when the concrete is in its fresh plastic state, i.e.: a) workability, and b) finishability These are affected by the physical properties of fine and coarse aggregate (grading, shape and surface characteristics), the fine to coarse aggregate ratio and cement and water contents.

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2)

The properties which are important when concrete is in its hardened state: a) strength, and b) durability These are mainly affected by water-cement ratio, cement content, and age.

3)

Concrete is economical that uses as little cement as possible without prejudice to the strength and workability.

In summary, the elements of good concrete are influenced by: - aggregate properties (grading, shape and surface characteristics, absorption). paste properties (fineness of cement, water quality, water-cement ratio).

The purpose of laboratory work and experiments, using standardized procedures, is to train students for the proper selection of concrete ingredients, their proportioning, and for carrying out various quality control tests on cement, aggregate and cement concrete.

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Unit 1 Normal Consistency and Time of Set of Portland Cement

1.1

Introduction

Normal or standard consistency of any given cement sample is that water content

which will produce a cement paste of standard cons istence. Consistence is determined by the Vicat apparatus, which measures the depth of penetration in paste of a 10 mm diameter plunger under its own weight. Normal or standard consistency is expressed as that percentage of water, by mass of dry cement, corresponding to which a specified depth of penetration in paste is achieved. For Portland cements, the normal consistency varies from 26 to 33%. Normal consistency of cement is determined for the purpose of determining the water to cement ratios for preparing the specimens to be used for other quality tests such as: times of set, compressive and tensile strengths, and soundness tests, on the same cement. Time of set or setting time is the term used to describe the stiffness of the cement paste with passage of time. Setting is mainly caused by a selective hydration of C3 A and C3 S and is accompanied by temperature rise in the cement paste. Initial time of set corresponds to a rapid rise and final time of set corresponds to the peak temperature. Time of set tests are also conducted using the Vicat apparatus but with the changed needles. Initial time of set is measured from the moment water is added to the cement to the moment when the standard needle having 1 mm diameter penetrates the paste under its weight to a point 5 mm from the bottom of the Vicat mould. Final set is determined

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by a needle with a metal attachment hollowed out so as to leave a circular cutting edge 5 mm in diameter and set 0.5 mm behind the tip of the needle. Final time of set is measured from the moment water is added to the cement to the moment when the needle makes an impression but the cutting edge fails to do so. For Portland cements, the initial time of set should usually be not less than 45 minutes whereas the final time of set should not be usually more than 10 hours. Initial time of set is required to be measured to make sure that the concrete will remain in sufficiently plastic state till it is finished after placing and compacting. The final time of set is required to know that ho w long the concrete would take in attaining a significant stiffness after it is placed and finished.

1.2

Objective

To determine the normal consistency and times of set of the given samples of

Portland cement.

1.3

Applicable Standards

• • Normal consistency: Times of set: ASTM C187 ASTM C191

1.4

**Apparatus, Equipment, and Supplies
**

• Vicat apparatus including conical ring and glass plate( Figure 1.1), and Stop watch • Mixing Equipment: Balance, Mixing Bowl, 250 ml graduated cylinder, Trowel, and Scoop

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•

Type V Portland Cement

Figure1.1: Vicat's Apparatus

1.5

Procedure

Normal Consistency • Place 650 gm of cement in mixing bowl, form crater in cement and add the required water. Fold in the cement for 30 sec. with trowel, wait for 30 sec. and then knead by hand for one and a half minutes. • Form the cement paste into a ball and toss it six times from hand to hand, holding hands six inches apart. • Press ball into larger end of Vicat ring, completely filling the ring. Remove the

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excess from the larger end by hand and place the ring, large end down, on a glass plate and strike off the upper (smaller) end with a single trowel stroke. Carefully make this end smooth with the trowel but do not compress the paste. • Place the ring and paste in the Vicat apparatus and bring down the flat end of the plunger (10 mm in diameter) so that it may just touch the paste surface. Take an initial scale reading, then release the plunger and read after 30 secs. Normal consistency is obtained when the plunger settles 10 mm below the surface in 30 secs. • The entire operation should be repeated at different water percentages using different samples so as to reach the desired value. A plot of plunger penetrations versus water percentages can then be made to find the water percentage for normal consistency. It is important that temperature and humidity should be uniform during this process. The paste should be handled carefully.

Time of Set • Once the normal consistency has been obtained, prepare a new sample of cement paste using that water percentage. • • Mold the specimens as before and cover with a damp cloth for 30 minutes. Place the ring and paste in the Vicat apparatus and determine the penetration of the 1 mm needle in 30 secs. Repeat every 15 minutes until a reading of less than 25 mm is obtained. Time of set shall be the total period taken between addition of water and the stage when the penetration is 25 mm. Plot the penetration versus time curve to obtain the correct time of set. The Vicat apparatus should be free from vibration and the needle should be cleaned before each reading.

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1.6

Report and Discussion

Using the data pertaining to your group, plot the following graphs: • • Penetration vs. water content for determination of normal consistency Penetration vs. time for detecting the time of set

Try to answer the following questions related to above experiments: • • • • • Is the measured normal consistency lies in the range for the Portland cements? Is the time of set of the cement satisfactory? What are the factors affecting time of set? What is meant by unsound Portland cement? What is the difference in meaning of the two words “setting” and “hardening”?

What is the significance of time of set?

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Units 2 and 3 Compressive and Tensile Strengths of Portland Cement

2-3.1 Introduction

Compressive strength of any given cement sample is determined on the cubical specimens of 50 mm size made of mortar prepared by mixing together the water, the cement sample, and the standard sand in a specified proportion. The specimens are cured in a water tank and then taken out for the determination of compressive strengths using a compression testing machine, at various ages such as: 3 days, 7 days, and 28 days. Compressive strength test is one of the important tests on cement and is carried out to make sure that the measured strength of cement is in compliance with the strength requirement at a particular age. Tensile strength of cement is determined by testing the standard briquets made of mortar prepared in the same way as for the compressive strength. Tensile strength test on cement is not practically relevant. However, it is useful for explaining the fact that the brittle materials, like set cement-mortar, have a very less tensile strength as compared to its compressive strength.

2-3.2 Objectives

To determine compressive and tensile strengths of given samples of Portland cement.

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2-3.3 Applicable Standards

• • Compressive strength: Tensile strength: ASTM C109 ASTM C190

**2-3.4 Apparatus, Equipment, and Supplies
**

• Balance (sensitive to 0.1 gm) with scoop, Set of metric weights, Cube molds with base plates, Briquet molds with base plates (Figure 2.1), 250 ml graduated cylinder, Mixing bowl, and Small trowel • • • Curing tank and Burlap Compression testing machine and Briquet tensile testing machine Type V Portland Cement, Natural (local) sand, and Ottawa (Illinois) sand

Figure 2.1: Briquet and Cube Moulds

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2-3.5 Procedure

Sample Preparation (Figure 2.2) Each group will prepare six briquets and six cubes in accordance with the following schedule: Assigned W/C Ratio 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.60 Specimens using local sand No. of briquets 3 3 3 3 No. of cubes 3 3 3 3 Specimens using Ottawa sand No. of briquets 3 3 3 3 No. of cubes 3 3 3 3

Group I II III IV

Cement to sand ratio for mortar to be used for preparing briquets : 1:3.00 (by mass) Cement to sand ratio for mortar to be used for preparing cubes: 1:2.75 (by mass)

Figure 2.2: Preparation of Mortar for Casting Briquets and Cubes

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Preparation of Briquets • Weigh the cement and the sand separately so that the total weight of dry material is 1200 gm (300 gm cement, 900 gm sand). Use a graduated cylinder to measure the mixing water so that the water-cement ratio is 0.45, 0.5, 0.55 or 0.60. • Following steps are to be followed for mixing the ingredients: (i) Place the water in a dry bowl (ii) Add cement to the water and mix for 30 sec. (iii) Add approximately one-half of the sand and mix for 30 sec. (iv) Add the remainder of the sand and mix vigorously for 2 min. • Immediately after mixing, fill the molds heaping full without compacting while resting on an unoiled metal base plate. Then press the mortar in firmly, using both thumbs simultaneously. Apply this pressure 12 times to each briquet over the entire surface, then heap the mortar above the mold and smooth it off with a trowel. Cover the mold with an oiled base plate, turn the mold upside down and remove the unoiled base plate. Repeat the operation of heaping, thumbing and smoothing off.

Preparation of Cubes • Weigh out the cement and the sand separately so that the total weight is 2250 gm (600 gm cement, 1650 gm sand). Use a graduated cylinder to measure out the mixing water so that the water-cement ratio is 0.45, 0.5, 0.55 or 0.60. • • Mix the ingredients following the same procedure as for the cubes, described above. The cube molds cleaned and oiled, should be filled in three layers and vibrated on vibrating machine till the slurry comes over the surface.

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Curing of the Specimens All specimens will be moist cured for one day and after moist curing the specimens will be water cured for six more days. Testing will be done after seven days. Testing the Specimens Testing Briquets( Figure 2.3) • • • Remove the briquet specimens from the curing tank and test as soon as possible, keeping all specimens covered with a damp cloth until tested. Measure the width and thickness of each specimen to the nearest 0.01 in. before testing. Wipe each briquet to a surface-dry condition and remove loose particles from the surface. • Carefully center the briquets in the test machine clips and apply the load carefully. Record the maximum load indicated by the testing machine.

Figure 2.3: Testing of Mortar Briquets for Tensile Strength of Cement

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Testing Cubes(Figure 2.4) • Remove the specimens from the water bath and test as soon as possible, keeping all specimens covered with a damp cloth until tested. • • Measure the critical cross-sectional dimensions to the nearest 0.01 in. The cubes should be placed in the testing machine after the removal of loose particles from the surface. • Apply an initial load, at any convenient rate up to about one-half of the expected maximum. Thereafter apply the load so that the maximum load will be read within 20 to 30 seconds. Record the maximum load indicated by the testing machine. • Remove the broken cube from the testing machine and observe the apparent angle between the failure surface and the base of the cube.

Figure 2.4: Testing of Mortar Cubes for Compressive Strength of Cement

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**2-3.6 Report and Discussion
**

Compile the test results of all the groups in the following tabular form: Tensile Strength (ft) Test Results obtained through Briquets Testing Group I II III IV I II III IV Aggregate Local Sand Local Sand Local Sand Local Sand Ottawa Sand Ottawa Sand Ottawa Sand Ottawa Sand W/C 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.60 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.60 Load, kN ft , MPa

Compressive Strength (fc′) Test Results obtained through Cubes Testing Group I II III IV I II III IV Aggregate Local Sand Local Sand Local Sand Local Sand Ottawa Sand Ottawa Sand Ottawa Sand Ottawa Sand W/C 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.60 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.60 Load, kN fc′, MPa

Using the above data plot the following graphs: • • • fc′ ft f t / f'c vs. W/C ratio vs. W/C ratio vs. W/C ratio

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Note: Show results of both types of sand on the same graph. • • Discuss the effect of W/C ratio on: (i) fc′, (ii) ft , (iii) f t / f ' c Discuss the effect of sand type on compressive and tensile strengths of cement mortar. Discuss the field significance of compressive and tensile strength testing of cement mortar.

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Unit 4 Physical Characteristics of Coarse Aggregate

4.1

Introduction

Particle size distribution (i.e., gradation), specific gravity, absorption capacity,

loose and rodded unit weights are among the important characteristics of coarse aggregate used for making concrete. Grading or particle size distribution is the most important physical characteristics of aggregates. It is determined through sieve analysis, which is a process of dividing a sample of aggregate into fractions of same particle size. Results obtained through the sieve analysis are used to plot the grading curves (i.e., a plot of sieve size vs. percentage passing). Grading of coarse aggregate affects the various important aspects, such as: relative aggregate proportions (i.e. Fine Aggregate/Coarse Aggregate ratio), cement and water requirements, workability and pumpability of fresh concrete, uniformity of concrete from batch to batch, porosity, shrinkage, and durability of hardened concrete, and economy in concrete production. Grading of a given sample of coarse aggregate is carried out in order to know whether the aggregate under consideration is in compliance with the grading requirements or not. Absorption capacity of coarse aggregates affects the water/cement ratio. Therefore, this test is important to make sure that the aggregates to be used do not have excess water absorption capacity. The test results on specific gravity and unit weights of aggregates are required

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during concrete mix proportioning.

4.2

Objective

To determine the particle size distribution (i.e., grading), loose and rodded unit

weights, water absorption, and specific gravity of given samples of coarse aggregate.

4.3

Applicable Standards

• • • Sieve analysis: Specific gravity and absorption: ASTM C 136 ASTM C 128

Dry rodded and unrodded (loose) unit weights: ASTM C 29

4.4

**Apparatus, Equipment, and Supplies
**

• Set of standard sieves of the following sizes: 3/4", 1/2", 3/8", No. 4 and #8, with pan and cover. • • • • • • • • Mechanical shaker (Figur e 4.1) Weighing scales sensitive to 1 gm. Weighing pan Standard 1/10 cu. ft. measuring bucket 5/8 in. diameter tamping rod Scales sensitive to 1 gm. Air dry coarse aggregate Saturated coarse aggregate (Figure 4.2)

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Figure 4.1: A Set of Sieves of Various sizes

Figure 4.2: Aggregates of Various sizes

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4.5

Procedure

Particle Size Distribution • Take 5 kg representative sample of coarse aggregate by the quartering process. (Care must be taken to avoid loss of fine material). Weigh this sample to the nearest 1 gm. • Weigh each sieve empty and then put the sieves in order of decreasing size of opening from top to bottom. Now place the weighed sample on the top sieve. Agitate the sieves by the mechanical shaker for 5 minutes. Check by shaking each sieve by hand for 15 secs. • Weight the material retained on each sieve. To do this, weigh the sieve with the retained material. Subtract the empty sieve weight from this total weight to obtain the weight of aggregate retained on a given sieve. Loose and Rodded Unit Weights (Dry) Loose Unit Weight • Find out the volume of the weighing bucket (V) by completely filling it with water and then finding out the weight of water, Ww Ww = γ × V Where: V γ Ww = volume of bucket in cm3 = unit weight of water (1 gm/cm3 ) = weight of water which fills the bucket completely then

V(cm3 ) = W w/1 = Ww(gm) • For loose unit weight of aggregate, fill the bucket loosely with the representative sample of C.A and find out the weight, WL(gm) of loose C.A WL = γ L × V

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γL =

Where: WL V γL Rodded Unit Weight • •

WL V

= weight of C.A. which fills the bucket loosely (gm) = volume of loose C.A, i.e. volume of weighing bucket (cm3 ) = unit weight of loose C.A (gm/cm3 )

Find out the volume of weighing bucket, V (cm3 ) Fill the bucket one-third full, level the surface and tamp it with standard rod using 25 strokes, evenly distributed. The second and third layer should be placed and rodded in the same way taking care not to touch the previously rodded layer.

Placing and rodding is complete when the bucket is exactly level full of C.A. • Weigh the bucket full of rodded aggregate, WR (gm) WR = V × γR Where: WR V = weight of rodded coarse aggregate (gm) = volume of rodded coarse aggregate, i.e. volume of weighing bucket (cm3 ) γR γR = rodded unit weight of C.A (gm/cm3) = WR/V (gm/cm3 )

Absorption Capacity (30 min) and Specific Gravity of Coarse Aggregates Absorption is related to the increase in the weight of aggregate due to absorption and retention of water in the pores of aggregate but excluding the water adhering to the surface of particles and is generally expressed as percentage of dry weight.

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30-min. Absorption for Coarse Aggregate • • Take a completely dry representative sample of C.A and weigh it (W1 ) Soak it completely by immersing it in water for 30 mm.

• Take out the aggregate from the water carefully and make its surface dry by rolling it in a large absorbent cloth or towel so that there are no traces of water on the surface and all visible films of water are removed and it is in saturated surface dry condition (S.S.D.) and then find out its weight W2 . • Dry the sample at a temperature of 110 + 5ºC to a constant weight and then find out its weight W3 . 30 min. Absorption Capacity = Specific Gravity • Repeat the steps as in absorption test and obtain W2 . • After weighing, immediately place the aggregate (S.S.D.) sample in the special container and determine the weight in water. Consider this weight as W4 . • Dry the sample to a constant weight at a temperature of 110 ± 5ºC and find out weight. Consider this weight as W3 • Then determine the apparent specific gravity, bulk specific gravity, bulk specific gravity (S.S.D.), as follows: Bulk specific gravity Bulk specific gravity (S.S.D.) Apparent specific gravity = W3 /( W2 - W4 ) = W2 /( W2 - W4 ) = W3 /( W3 - W4 )

W 2 − W3 × 100% W3

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4.6

•

**Report and Discussion
**

Tabulate the sieve analysis test results and calculate the percent retained, the cumulative total percent retained and percent passing for each sieve size.

•

Plot the aggregate gradation on a graph like the one shown below:

Try to answer the following questions: • • What is meant by "good" grading? In what sizes of particles is coarse aggregate deficient or ove rsupplied? (Compare with ASTM Limits) • • • What is the distinction between bulk and apparent specific gravity? Discuss the significance of the absorption value What would be the effect upon the unit weight if coarse aggregate is placed in the bucket without rodding (loose condition)?

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What would be the effect on unit weight if fine aggregate is mixed with the coarse aggregate?

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Unit 5 Optimal Selection of Fine to Coarse Aggregate Ratio

5.1

Introduction

The variation in fine to coarse aggregate ratio in preparing a concrete mix, at a

fixed water/cement ratio and slump, has significant effect on the required quantities of cement, fine aggregates, and coarse aggregates, and therefore, ultimately affects the unit cost of concrete. The fine to coarse aggregates ratio, at a desirable water/cement ratio and slump, may be optimally selected through trial mixes prepared by varying fine to coarse aggregate ratio while maintaining the desirable water/cement ratio and slump constant. Through this laboratory exercise, a considerable amount of money could be saved without compromising with the required water/cement ratio and slump of the concrete mix.

5.2

Objective

To select an optimal fine to coarse aggregate ratio at a specified water/cement

ratio and slump of concrete mix

5.3

• • •

**Apparatus, Equipment, and Supplies (Figure 5.1)
**

Scales sensitive to 1 gm Mixing pan (22" × 22") Weighing pan

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• • • • • •

Trowels Scoop 1000 ml graduated cylinder Slump cone with 5/8" tamping rod, rule and base Yield bucket Cement, Half Moon Beach sand (fine aggregate), coarse aggregate, sweet water

Figure 5.1: Slump Measurement Set 5.4 Procedure

Trial Mixes to be Considered Four trial mixes having different fine to coarse aggregate ratios (i.e., FA/CA), as given in the following table, will be considered. For each mix, following items will be constant: Total quantity of fine and coarse aggregates (i.e., FA + CA) = 14 kg Water/cement ratio = 0.40

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Slump = 2 to 3 inches (to be maintained by using superplasticizer)

Group No./ Mix No. I II III IV

FA/CA ratio (Percent by weight) 40 50 60 70

Weight of FA (kg) 4.00 4.66 5.25 5.76

Weight of CA (kg) 10.00 9.34 8.75 8.24

Preparation of Trial Mixes and Determination of their Unit Weights • Weigh the fine and coarse aggregates to the nearest gram, using air-dry aggregates from the laboratory bins. Record all weights. • • Spread the coarse and fine aggregates in even layers in the mixing pan. Weigh out 2.8 kg cement and spread on top of the aggregates in the mix pan. Mix the dry ingredients by hand until a uniform colored mixture is obtained. • • Now add 1.4 kg water (W/C = 0.5) gradually to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly. Make a slump test of this mixture, if the slump is not between 2 and 3 inches, additional water and cement must be added keeping W/C = 0.5 until the slump reaches the specified value, as indicated in the next step. • If more water and cement must be used, return all of the mix to the pan and add one or more increments of 300 gm cement and 150 ml water. Remix and determine the slump again. Repeat this process until the slump is between 2 and 3 inches. All data will be taken on this mix. • Calibrate the special bucket by finding the weight of water to fill it completely full. Record the weights of the bucket, empty (W1 ) and full of water (W2 ). The volume is

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then V (cm3 ) = W2 - W1

•

Use a scoop to fill the yield bucket with the completed concrete mix in 3 equal layers. Tamp each layer 25 times to remove entrapped air, smooth off the top evenly, clean off the concrete from the sides of the bucket, and weigh it to find out the weight of concrete (Wconc) contained in it by subtracting the empty bucket wt. W1 from the wt. of bucket full of concrete. The unit weight of the concrete mix is then γconc = Wconc /V(gm/cm 3 ) or γconc = Wconc /(W2 – W1 ) (1)

Calculations Pan Mix Volume, Vp (cm3 ) Vp = (Wc+ Ww+ Wfa + Wca) / γconc (2)

Where: Wc, Ww, Wfa, Wca are total weights of cement, water, fine aggregate and coarse aggregate, respectively, in grams. γconc (gm/cm3 ) is obtained from(Eq. 1), Weight of each ingredient (gm/cm3 ) C(cement) = Wc/Vp W(water) = Ww /Vp FA(Fine Aggregate) = WFA/Vp CA(Coarse Aggregate) = WCA/Vp (3) (4) (5) (6)

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Change all values to kg/m3 .

5.5

Report and Discussion

**Summarize data from all groups in the following tabulated fashion:
**

Group No. I II II IV FA/CA ratio (% by wt.) Slump (cm) γconc (kg/m3) C (kg/m3) W (kg/m3) FA (kg/m3) CA (kg/m3)

Draw a graph FA/CA ratio (abscissa) vs. C (ordinate) and obtain the optimum FA/CA ratio, corresponding to the minimum C. Consider the following relevant items: • • Draw conclusions from your results regarding optimum FA/CA ratio. Approximately what differences in strength would you expect between the four mixes? • • Why it is preferable to select the mix giving the greatest yield? Determine weights of each of the ingredients per cu. yd. and per cu. m (cement, . water, fine aggregate and coarse aggregate) corresponding to FA/CA ratio. Compute cost of concrete per cubic yard of field mix, assuming following unit prices: (a) Cement - 12 SR per 50 kg/bag, (b) Sand - 10 SR/m3 , and (c) Coarse aggregate - 48 SR/m3 .

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Units 6 to 9 Properties of Hardened Concrete

6-9.1 Introduction

Compressive strength of hardened concrete is the most important parameter and representative of almost overall quality of concrete. It mainly depends on the water/cement ratio of the mix and curing and age after it is cast. Compressive strength of concrete is determined by testing the cylindrical or cubical specimens of concrete using a compression testing machine, at various ages such as: 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, and 28 days. Compressive strength test is conducted during mix proportioning for assessing the quality of concrete cast at site. Tensile strength of concrete is found to be proportional to its compressive strength. It is determined either using a flexure test on beam specimens or using a split cylinder test on cylindrical specimens. Although the tensile strength of concrete is of no practical relevance, it is determined to show how a brittle material like concrete has very low strength as compared to its very high compressive strength. Modulus of elasticity of concrete yet another very important property of hardened concrete. It is obtained through testing cylindrical specimens. The stress applied and resulting deformation in the specimens are plotted and then using the stress-strain curve, the modulus of elasticity is determined. Modulus of elasticity test on concrete is required for calculating deflection and

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for predicting shrinkage cracking etc.

6-9.2 Objectives

• To determine compressive strength of concrete and its variation with water/cement ratio, curing, age, and shape of specimens • To determine tensile strength and modulus of elasticity of hardened concrete

6-9.3 Applicable Standards

Compressive strength: Tensile strength: Modulus of elasticity: ASTM C 39 ASTM C 496 ASTM C 469

**6-9.4 Apparatus, Equipment, and Supplies
**

• • • • • • • • • • • • Scales sensitive to 1 gm Mixing pan (22" x 22") or mixer Weighing pans Trowels Scoop 1000 ml graduated cylinder Slump cone with 5/8" tamping rod, rule and base Vibrating table Caliper, 12- in steel scale Compressometer Compression testing machine Two Plywood Strips 1/8 in. by 1 in.

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•

Sixty three 3 in-by-6 in. cylindrical molds, three 4 in. cubical molds, and six 6 in-by-6 in. cylindrical molds (Figure 6.1)

• • • •

Cylinder capping guide Sulphur compound melting pot and ladle Graded coarse aggregate, Half Moon Beach sand, cement and sweet water Sulphur capping compound

**Figure 6.1: Cylindrical and Cubical Moulds 6-9.5 Procedure
**

Samples to be Prepared For compressive strength of concrete and its variation with water/cement ratio, age, curing, and shape of specimens, students will be divided into four groups. For this purpose, four water/cement ratios (i.e., 0.45, 0.50, 0.55, and 0.60), three ages (i.e., 7

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days, 14 days, and 21 days), two types of curing (i.e., keeping one set of the specimens in air after 7 days curing and keeping the other set of specimens continuously submerged), two shapes (i.e., cylindrical and cubical) will be considered. Each group will separately consider an assigned water/cement ratio and cast a total number of 15 cylinders of size 75 mm x 150 mm. After de- molding, all of the 15 cylinders will be submerged in water for 7-day curing. After 7-day curing, 3 specimens will be tested for compressive strength and a set of six cylinders will be taken out from the curing tank and will be exposed to the normal lab condition and the other set of six cylinders will remain in tank for further curing. At the age of 14 days, 3 cured and 3 noncured cylinders will be tested for compressive strength. The remaining three cured and three non-cured cylinders will be tested for compressive strength at the age of 21 days. For comparing the 21-day compressive strengths of cubical specimens with the 21-day compressive strengths of cylindrical specimen, 3 cubical specimens of 100 mm x 100 mm will be jointly cast (water/cement ratio = 0.50) and tested for compressive strength at the age of 21 days. For tensile strength, three cylinders of 150 mm x 300 mm will be jointly cast (water/cement ratio = 0.50) and tested at the age of 21 days. For modulus of elasticity, three cylinders of 150 mm x 300 mm will be jointly cast (water/cement ratio = 0.50) and tested at the age of 21 days. Preparation of Samples • Sieve the coarse aggregate to get the following percentages of weights for different sieve sizes.

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Sieve Size 1" 3/4" 1/2" 3/8" #4 (3/16") #8 (3/32")

Retained Percent 0.0 5.0 57.5 30.0 5.0 2.5

Passing Percent 100.0 95.0 37.5 7.5 2.5 0.0 Total....

Quantity kg. 0.000 1.000 11.500 6.000 1.000 0.500 20.000

• • •

Use FA/(CA + FA) ratio of 0.35. Hence weight of sand = 10.770 kg. Use 6.155 kg of cement, aggregate/cement ratio = 5.0 Use water/cement ratio as given below:

Group I II III IV •

W/C 0.45 0.50 0.55 0.60

Water (kg.) 2.770 3.080 3.385 3.693

Each group will prepare a concrete mix with its assigned water/cement ratio and the above mentioned quantities of materials using the mixer. Make a slump test and record the values.

Figure 6.2: Concrete Mixer

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• •

Each group will cast fifteen 3- in. dia. cylinders of concrete by compacting on a vibrating table Jointly prepare three 75 mm x 150 mm cylinders, three 100 mm cubes, and six 150 mm x 300 mm cylinders using a mix with water/cement ratio of 0.50.

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Put the cast specimens in a safe place and demold them on the next day. Cure the specimens by immersing in a water tank until the day of testing or depending upon the age of curing in air.

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Test the specimens for compressive strength, tensile strength, and modulus of elasticity, according to the program mentioned above.

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Before testing the cylindrical specimens do the sulfur capping, adopting the following procedure: o Remove the cylinders from the water bath and dry the surface. o Lightly oil the capping plate and forming ring of the capping guide. Pour a single ladle full of the capping compound into the ring. o Place the specimen in the guide and force it down in the capping compound within 10 seconds of pouring the compound. There should be enough compound so that some compound flows over the edges. Keep the specimen firmly held to the guide while the compound is solidifying. o When the compound has solidified, slide the specimen off the plate and knock off the ring and the surplus compound. o Repeat the process for the other end of the cylinder.

Compressive Strength Testing of Cylindrical Specimens (Figure 6.3) Test the cylinder under compression in the compression testing machine adopting the following steps:

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Clean the loading platens of the compression testing machine and place the cylinder on the lower platen in such a way that it is in the center of the platen.

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Carefully align the top platen of the compressive testing machine ensuring that the loading platens are parallel to the specimen surfaces.

Figure 6.3: Compressive Strength Test on a Concrete Cylindrical Specimen

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Load the specimen continuously and without shock at the rate of 3.3 kN/sec. Do not change the rate of loading when the specimen starts to yield.

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Observe and sketch the fracture shapes of the cylinders.

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**Figure 6.4: Compressive Strength Test on a Concrete Cubical Specimen
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Splitting Tensile Strength Testing of Cylindrical Specimens Test the three cylindrical specimens for tensile strength adopting the following steps: • • Remove the cylinder specimens from the water tank and test in moist condition. For each cylinder measure the length (l) and diameter (d) of the cylinders to the nearest 0.01 inch. Draw diametral lines on each end of the specimen using the calipers and steel rule to ensure that they are on the same axial plane. Consult the instructor for more information. • To position the specimen, align and center the specimen on the two plywood strips so that the lines marked on the ends of the specimen are vertical and centered. • Load the specimen continuously and without shock at the rate of 100 to 200 psi/minute (corresponding to about 11,300 to 22,600 lb/minute). Do not increase the

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rate of loading when the specimen starts to yield. • • Record the maximum applied load (P) and type of fracture. Calculate the splitting tensile strength ft = 2P/πld.

Modulus of Elasticity Testing of Cylindrical Specimens Test the three cylindrical specimens for modulus of elasticity adopting the following steps: • Study the action of the compressometer, note its gage length (6") between top and bottom clamping screws, multiplication ratio, and determine the strain corresponding to the least reading of the dial. Attach the compressometer to the central portion of the specimen and then remove the spacer bars. • As in previous tests, center the specimen in the testing machine. • Adjust the compressometer dial to read zero. • Apply a preliminary load up to about 2/5 of the estimated ultimate load for the specimen, at a speed of about 35 psi/sec. and then release the load. This is done primarily to seal the gage. • Reset the compressometer gage and then apply load continuously at a speed of about 10 psi/sec, reading the compressometer after each increment of about 1/12 of the estimated ultimate load. Consult your instructor regarding this value. (The fc′ of 3-in cylinders may be taken as a guide value). Record the load and corresponding compressometer reading. • • Remove the compressometer at about 3/4 the estimated ultimate load. Strain = Deformation/Gage Length

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Observed Value ∗ Multiplic ation Ratio Gage Length

**6-9.6 Report and Discussion
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Compressive Strength • For each test, report the results as follows: Specimen No. 1 2 3 Age (Days) Load (kN) Compressive Strength (MPa)

• Also report the results as follows: Curing Period (Days) W/C Ratio Moist Dry Average fc′ (MPa)

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Plot the following results: o Compressive strength vs. W/C ratio – three curves on same graph paper (1 for 7day moist curing, 1 for 14-day moist curing, and 1 for 21-day moist curing). This plot will show the variation of compressive strength with water/cement ratio and the age. o For any water/cement ratio plot the compressive strength vs. type of curing – two curves on same graph paper (1 for moist curing and 1 for dry curing). This plot will show the variation of compressive strength with the type of curing.

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Compare the compressive strength of the cylindrical specimens with cubical specimens, cast with same water/cement ratio to see the effect of shape of the specimens on the compressive strength.

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Discuss the following points: • • • • What considerations beside strength affect the selection of a W/C ratio? What is the effect of age of the concrete upon the W/C ratio - strength curve? What is the effect of moist curing on the strength of concrete? What relative compressive strengths would you have obtained in your tests if 6-by 12-in. cylinders had been used in place of 3-by 6- in, cylinders? • What relative compressive strengths would you have obtained in your test if 6- in cubes had been used? Discuss the fracture shape of your test cylinders for compressive strength.

Tensile Strength Compare the tensile strength with compressive strength of concrete, cast with same water/cement ratio to see how smaller is the tensile strength as compared to the compressive strength of the same concrete.

Modulus of Elasticity • Plot the stress versus strain to obtain stress-strain curve for each of the three cylinders. • Determine the corresponding modulus of elasticity Ec, as Secant Modulus at 0.5 fc′ in psi. Average the three values to get an averaged Ec. • Compare your average Ec with that obtained from Ec = 57,000 f c ' (lb/inch2 ) Ec = 5000 f c ' (MPa)

fc′ = average compressive strength of the three cylinders after 28 days in lb/inch2 or

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MPa • • Discuss the difference, if any, between the two values. How is the modulus of elasticity affected by age?

What are the limitations of the size (minimum dimensions) of the specimen with respect to the maximum size of aggregate?

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