How to calculate the quantity of water for a given concrete mix.?


How to calculate the quantity of water for a given mix concrete. As it would be required to calculate for mix 1:2:4.

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  1. As per Is code 456-200 clauses 6.1.2

    maximum free water cement ratio for M15(1:2:4) is 0.50

    for 1 cubic metre concrete


    cement content =1/7 *1 =0.1428 m3

    density =mass/volume

    density of cement =1440kg/m3 (note :- density of cement varies with grade and brand)

    mass of cement =0.1428*1440=205.632 kg (note:- please consider minimum cement content also i.e. also given in clauses 6.1.2 of Is code)

    w/c as per IS code is 0.50 for M15


    water content=0.50*205.632=102.8 m3 =103 litre

    Note:-w/c depends on various factors like moisture content of fine/coarse aggregate,workability …..

  2. Yes, thank you Mr. Madeh Izat Hamakareem for your good answer.


    Obviously, water quantity cannot be decided based on the quantity mix design proportions only. There are other data which need to be known in order to be able to specify water content quantity for example, types of structural element, maximum aggregate size, and required workability. If these data are available, then the quantity of water can be easily computed from Table 6.3.3 of ACI 211.1-91.

    Required slump can be determined based on the structural element type. Maximum aggregate size and slump value can be used to determine quantity of water for 1 meter cubic of concrete.

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