The suitability of a concrete for any task is initially assessed whilst that concrete is still in its freshly mixed state before setting occurs:
- Is it workable?
- Will it pump?
- Does it hold together or segregate?
- Is it air entrained?
- Will it bleed?
Well established tests are used to categorise fresh concrete properties.
- Slump test: the most widely used test for assessing the workability of concrete of normal consistency (slump 10mm to 200mm).
- Flow table test: for concretes that are more free-flowing (slump 180mm+).
- Vebe test: for concretes that are not workable in the normal sense, the test uses integral vibration.
Control and measurement of air content are easily assessed using a pressure type air meter.
Fresh density, compactability and bleeding can all be measured.
From Quality Control and Mix Design assessment to Admixture testing, Sandberg is able to carry out a comprehensive range of fresh concrete tests.
References: BS EN 12350 series, Testing fresh concrete
BS EN 480 series, Admixture test methods
BS 1881 series, Testing concrete
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