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Strength of concrete is generally tested after 28 days as concrete cube strength or concrete cylinder strength. The reason for testing concrete strength after 28 days is discussed.

Why do we test concrete compressive strength after 28 days?

Concrete gains strength with time after casting. It takes much time for concrete to gain 100% strength and the time for same is still unknown. The rate of gain of concrete compressive strength in higher during the first 28 days of casting and then it slows down.

The table below shows the compressive strength gained by concrete after 1, 3, 7, 14 and 28 days with respect to the grade of concrete we use.

Age Strength per cent
1 day 16%
3 days 40%
7 days 65%
14 days 90%
28 days 99%

From above table, we see that, concrete gains 16 percent strength in one day, 40 percent in 3 days, 65% in 7 days, 90% in 14 days and 99% strength in 28 days.

Thus, it is clear that concrete gains its strength rapidly in the initial days after casting, i.e. 90% in only 14 days. When, its strength have reached 99% in 28 days, still concrete continues to gain strength after that period, but that rate of gain in compressive strength is very less compared to that in 28 days.


After 14 days of casting concrete, concrete gains only 9% in next 14 days. So, rate of gain of strength decreases. We have no clear idea upto when the concrete gains the strength, 1 year or 2 year, but it is assumed that concrete may gain its final strength after 1 year.

So, since the concrete strength is 99% at 28 days, it’s almost close to its final strength, thus we rely upon the results of compressive strength test after 28 days and use this strength as the base for our design and evaluation.

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Though there are also some rapid method of testing concrete compressive strength which gives relation between rapid test methods and 28 day strength. This rapid test is done where time is limited for construction and strength of structural member must be known to carry out further construction work.

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  3. sir thanks for your information but percentage you are given it have any reference or any recommendation by ASTM standard

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  10. May be every er. Knows!
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