Self-consolidating concrete

Self consolidating concrete slump test set

Dot for Dot Self-leveling slabs require only minimal finishing to get a flat floor. Lafarge Agilia Simpler to detail the reinforcing steel, since it can be fairly congested and still get completely filled with concrete. In an article in Concrete Construction a study that concluded that the best form release was a reactive vegetable-based agent on a well-seasoned form. This thickens the mix, keeping the coarse aggregate stable in the matrix and also contributes to slump flow.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Normal concrete would have to be heavily vibrated in those applications to work out all the entrapped air bubbles next to the forms and reinforcing and get the concrete to move in. Okamura at Ouchi University, Japan, at a time when skilled labor was in limited supply, causing difficulties in concrete-related industries.

The slump flow test is run both with and without the J-Ring in place and the passing ability is the difference in slump flow. It accepts color, either integral or dry shake, as easily as any concrete. It can even flow into negative draft areas. As with any concrete, experiment first to find the best mixes and techniques for your application. Note how there is no segregation, even on the leading edge of the concrete.

Self-Consolidating Concrete flows easily and rapidly from a ready mix truck. This test promises to provide a quantitative value for segregation potential. Let's start with the simple definition and then kick it up a notch. The slump cone is completely filled without consolidation, the cone lifted, and the spread of the concrete measured.

It can even flow into negative

This is really advantageous with sculptures and is why precasters love it so much. If applying a texture, even a broomed finish, don't start too soon or the concrete will slump back to a smooth surface. Experts advise that enough concrete for the entire countertop should be mixed in a single batch and placed in a single pour. There have also been some problems with sudden slump loss.

It accepts color either integral or

Specific applications may require more or less filling ability, passing ability, or stability. This is also called workability or filling ability meaning it fills a form easily. To blend lifts, vibrators can be used but only for a few seconds. Note how easily it flows, even around corners, without segregation.

Polycarboxylates, though, have created problems with foaming and adding unwanted air to the mix, so a de-foaming agent is added. If you've ever been in a precasting plant when the vibrators are turned on you know what I mean.

Placed flat, like for a slab, it is virtually self-leveling. The consistency is measured by what's called slump flow, where we measure the width of the puddle left when a slump cone is filled and lifted. The guy with the shovel was expecting to have to push the concrete into the footing but eventually he gave up. Concrete that segregates loses strength and results in honeycombed areas next to the formwork.

Low water mixes can develop autogenous shrinkage, where the unhydrated cement consumes all of the water in the concrete matrix. Wet curing is best, but at least apply a curing compound to protect the surface from drying out. Walls and columns can even be pumped from the bottom up. If that's all there was to it, we could just use lots of water.

The slump flow

Such high-performance concrete had been used mostly in repair applications and for casting concrete in restricted areas. The U- box, L-box and J-ring tests measure the passing ability of concrete in congested reinforcement. Always experiment with a mix like this first before you start a job. This means that there will be another pounds of pressure for each foot of height of the forms.

Slump Test Sets for Concrete Testing