High quality cement is the base of any building that is durable and sturdy. But to create high quality cement, you need the right mix design. The process of finding the perfect proportions of sand, cement and aggregate in concrete is known as concrete mix design.
To get the right concrete mix design, each of the ingredient needs to contain the correct properties and type. The importance of having the correct concrete mix design are:
- The right mix helps in development of the required compressive strength and durability of the concrete.
- It has the needed workability.
- It does not have any creep or permeability issues.
And if you want get the perfect mix design, take the help of C3S. We have more than 25 years of experience in the field of concrete construction and testing.
Helping You Achieve the Perfect Mix Design
To get the perfect concrete mix, the properties of all the ingredients going into the mix need to be monitored. Some of the things that need to be monitored during the concrete mix design procedure are:
The strength of concrete is measured by subjecting it to a test after it has been cured in any medium. This strength is highly dependent on the concrete grade.
There are different types of cement available, according to different durability requirements and project specifications.
For durable structures, the right aggregate size needs to be selected. Plus, the aggregates need to be tested for durability. This is done with the help of LA Aggregate Abrasion Test. This test helps identify any inherent cracks present in the aggregate. It also tells if there are any chances of the aggregate breaking and falling off in the future.
Water to Cement Ratio
The water to cement ratio needs to be carefully monitored and measured. The wrong cement to water ratio is one of the most common causes of concrete structures failing. The ratio needs to be tested in the initial as well as final stages for workability, soundness of cement, compacting factor, and slump of the concrete. Generally, the water to cement ratio is kept between 0.45 to 0.60. But for higher strength concrete, the ratio is kept lower. The type of water also needs to be checked.
Sand or fine aggregates also need to be tested. There are generally organic impurities present in sand, which can hamper the durability of hardened concrete. More specifically, the presence of organic impurities impacts the hydration process.
At C3S, we offer all the latest tests to help you get the best possible and most suited materials for your concrete mix design.
A History of Excellence
We have been one of the most trusted names in the field of concrete and construction for more than 25 years. In this period, we have served all types of clients from around the world, from homeowners to property managers, public agencies, private enterprises, engineers and construction companies. Our team is made up of highly knowledgeable professionals with wide experience in cement chemistry, concrete material testing, petrographic analysis, and other investigation techniques.
So, contact us now to get the best concrete consultation services for your structure.