One of the most important properties of cement is the compressive strength followed by tensile strength. The lifespan of properties or structures depend on these two vital parameters. Cement composition testing is inexpensive and therefore quite popular among private enterprises and homeowners. However, performing the analysis requires utmost precision and expertise. Only highly experienced professionals and experts in this field can determine the distress, quality and extent of deterioration of concrete.
So, if you are looking to get these tests done, choose C3S, Inc. Our engineers are committed to identify whether the concrete has undergone sulfate or chemical attack, thawing, fire exposure or early freezing. We take pride in being the best concrete consulting service and have satisfied the requirements of consumers in and around Houston for years now. Whether determining the kind of hydraulic binder required or understanding the degree of carbonation, we work seamlessly for the best results.
Cement Test Types
We perform the following types of tests on cement to check the quality. They ensure material consistency and overall durability.
Chemical Composition Test
Our engineers ensures the correct ratio percentage of iron oxide to that of alumina. Additionally, we also check lime saturation factor, weight of magnesia and sulfur and total ignition loss. These tests say a lot about the lifespan of the structure to a great extent.
One important step of cement composition testing is fineness check. In this, experts with utmost prowess analyze the hydration rate, rate of strength gain and heat evolution.
Soundness is the ability of the cement to retain the volume after it is hardened. It is also used to determine the extra amount of magnesia and lime in the composition.
Tensile Strength Test
A state-of-the-art cement mortar briquette is used by our professionals to carry out this test. In this cement composition testing, this mixture of 1:3 cement/sand and 8% water is cured for a day at 90% humidity, in a temperature between 25 to 29 degrees. The strength is then measured and recorded in between 4-8 days.
The main aim of this test is to understand how long a particular type of cement will require to set fully. It is usually defined as the consistency at which the plunger will penetrate at least 7mm from the bottom of the mould. It also helps determine the amount of water that would be required to produce a lump of cement paste to reach the standard consistency.
Setting Time Test
To check the initial setting time and the final setting time, this test is quite important. The duration taken to penetrate at least 35mm is the initial time. After the cement paste hardens, a needle is pushed inside up to 0.5mm. This time is recorded as the final setting time. This procedure determines whether the cement has achieved the desired hardness.
Our expert engineers help you understand which material could prove best for the structure. They ensure that the mixtures are well compliant to the durability and project specifications.
Get in touch for comprehensive and unmatched concrete consulting services today. Services offered by CS3, Inc. cover various areas such as construction of concrete structures, project planning, and maintenance of existing structures.