MIX DESIGN OF HIGH STRENGTH CONCRETE
The properties of a high-strength concrete-mix with a compressive strength of more than 40 MPa is greatly influenced by the properties of aggregates in addition to that of the water-cement ratio. To achieve high strength, it is necessary to use lowest possible water-cement ratio, which invariably affects the workability of the mix and necessitates the use of special vibration techniques for proper compaction. In the present state of art, a concrete with a desired 28 day compressive strength of upto 70 MPa can be made with suitably proportioning the ingredients using normal vibration techniques for compacting the concrete mix.
Erntroy and Shacklock’s Empirical Graphs: Erntroy and Shacklock have suggested empirical graphs relating the compressive strength to an arbitrary ‘reference number’ for concrete made with crushed granite, coarse aggregates and irregular gravel. These graphs are shown in figure 1 and 2 for mixes with ordinary Portland cement and in figure 3 and 4 for mixes with rapid hardening Portland cement. The relation between water cement ratio and the reference number for 20mm and 10mm maximum size aggregates is shown in figure 5, in which four different degrees of workability are considered. The range of the degrees of workability varying from extremely low to high corresponds to the compacting factor values of 0.65 and 0.95 respectively
The relation between the aggregate-cement and water-cement ratios, to achieve the desired degree of workability with a given type and maximum size of aggregate are compiled in table-1 and 2 for two different types of cements. The limitations of these design tables being that they were obtained with aggregates containing 30 percent of the material passing the 4.75 mm IS sieve. Thus, if other ingredients are used suitable adjustments have to be made. Aggregates available at site may be suitably combined by the graphical method to satisfy the above requirement. In view of the considerable variations in the properties of aggregates, it is generally recommended that trial mixes must first be made and suitable adjustments in grading and mix proportions effected to achieve the desired results.
Table – 1: Aggregate cement ratio (by weight) required to give four degrees of workability with different water –cement ratios using ordinary Portland cement
Table – 2: Aggregate cement ratio (by weight) required to give four degrees of workability with different water –cement ratios using rapid hardening cement
MIX DESIGN PROCEDURE:
- The mean design strength is obtained by applying suitable control factors to the specified minimum strength.
- For a given type of cement and aggregates used, the reference number corresponding to the design strength at a particular age is interpolated from figure 1 to 4.
- The water-cement ratio to achieve the required workability and corresponding to the reference number is obtained from figure 5 for aggregates with maximum sizes of 20mm and 10mm.
- The aggregate-cement ratio to give the desired workability with the known water cement is obtained by absolute volume method.
- Batch quantities are worked out after adjustments for moisture content in the aggregates.
Fig.1: Relation between compressive strength and reference number (Erntroy and Shacklock)
Fig-2: between compressive strength and reference number (Erntroy and Shacklock)
Fig-3: Relation between compressive strength and reference number (Erntroy and Shacklock)
Fig-4: Relation between compressive strength and reference number (Erntroy and Shacklock)
Fig-5: Relation between water-cement ratio and Reference Number
Fig-6: Combining of Fine aggregates and Coarse aggregates
Table – 3: Batch Quantities per cubic metre of concrete
MIX DESIGN EXAMPLE
Design a high strength concrete for use in the production of precast prestressed concrete to suit the following requirements:
Specified 28-day works cube strength = 50 MPa
Very good degree of control; control factor = 0.80
Degree of workability = very low
Type of cement = ordinary Portland cement
Type of coarse aggregate = crushed granite (angular) of maximum size 10mm.
Type of fine aggregate = natural sand
Specific gravity of sand = 2.60
Specific gravity of cement = 3.15
Specific gravity of coarse aggregates = 2.50
Fine and coarse aggregates contain 5 and 1 percent moisture respectively and have grading characteristics as detailed as follows:
IS sieve size | Percentage Passing | |
Coarse aggregate | Fine aggregate | |
20mm | 100 | - |
10mm | 96 | 100 |
4.75mm | 8 | 98 |
2.36mm | - | 80 |
1.18mm | - | 65 |
600 micron | - | 50 |
300 micron | 10 | |
150 micron | - | 0 |
DESIGN OF MIX
Mean strength = (50 / 0.80) = 63 MPa
Reference number (fig.1)= 25
Water cement ratio (fig 5) = 0.35
For a 10mm maximum size aggregate and very low workability, the aggregate-cement ratio for the desired workability (table-1) =3.2
The aggregates are combined by the graphical method as shown in figure 6, so that 30 percent of the material passes through the 4.75 mm IS sieve.
Ratio of fine to total aggregate = 25%
Required proportions by weight of dry materials:
Cement – 1
Fine aggregates – [(25/100)x3.2] = 0.8
Coarse aggregates – [(75/100)x3.2)] = 2.4
Water = 0.35
If C = weight of cement required per cubic meter of concrete, then
Ishan
Nov 17, 2010 @ 12:44 pm
What is the compressive stregth of any Grade of Concrete 3 , 7 , 14 & 28 Days.
SRAVANKUMAR
Dec 24, 2010 @ 11:43 am
hi please send the procedu of mix design of the rycycled aggregate concrete…M50,M60,M70,M80
rohith
Jan 31, 2011 @ 13:24 pm
i need the mix design of high strength concrete cube..the compressive strenth should be greater than 150mpa..i heard that irst 40 acheives it…is it true?
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vikas
Feb 18, 2011 @ 14:26 pm
sir what is the basic change in materials of high strength concrete ? and please give me the proportions of various material for mix m60, m70,m80.
Satish
Mar 02, 2011 @ 12:37 pm
sir, i need M60 mix design with these specifications: size of Agg: 20mm, sp.gravity of cement 3.15, sp.g of F.A 2.62, sp.g of C.A 2.67, grade of cement 53, degree of workability 0.9 (c.f), quality: good, exposure: moderate. will you pls send me………
vikas
Aug 07, 2011 @ 10:59 am
hello sir/madam, what is the volumetric ratio for psc.. and what is the clear definition of psc ?
vikas
Aug 07, 2011 @ 11:00 am
why do we use psc only, if there are many number of types of concrete available in the present market
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Apr 21, 2012 @ 08:23 am
we need Concrete Mix Design M80, M100 Grades.
Augustine Elinwa
May 25, 2012 @ 13:36 pm
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Victor Chiwuzie
May 25, 2012 @ 19:21 pm
Laudable research! I suggest need for Cost-Benefit Analysis to probe level of economic gain in such high strength concrete of up to 50N/sq.mm probably with less reinforcements compared with common grades of 25 to 30 with appropriate steel computed from codes of practices. Important because if knowledge gained is not applied economically, then engineering judgement is still missing. Affordable housing for all is still a challenge to engineers
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