Methods to Determine Strength or Maturity of Concrete
One of the methods to determine the strength of concrete is to find maturity of concrete. Maturity of concrete is defined as Summation of product of age and temperature (Curing).
Concrete Maturity = ∑(Time x Temperature)
Hydration can take place at minimum of -10°C, below this water crystals (ice) do not react with cement .
Datum Temperature = -10°C
If Day Temperature = 15°C then
Curing temperature = 15-(-10)=25°C
Maturity of concrete after 28 days kept at 25°C is given as
Maturity = 28 x 24 x (25-(-10)) = 23520°C hr.
Concrete is fully matured when it is cured at 18°C till 28 days.
For ordinary concrete maturity should not be less than 19800°C hr
(a) Data to be collected:
(i) Fineness modulus of selected F.A.
(b) From the minimum strength specified, estimate the average design strength f 'CR either by using standard deviation or by using coefficient of variation.
• 30 Consecutive Tests (1 Test = Ave of 2 Cylinders)