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ASTM Standard addresses drying behavior of concrete mixtures.

Press Release Summary:

Nov 14, 2014 - With ASTM C1792 standard, ready-mix concrete producers and engineers will be able to characterize how hardened concrete mixtures dry. Test will provide information on mass loss versus time (drying) behavior of initially saturated concrete specimen exposed to one-dimensional drying in controlled temperature and relative humidity environment. In addition to ready-mix producers, testing laboratories and concrete consultants will find ASTM C1792 helpful.

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Original Press Release

New ASTM Standard Provides Key to Understanding Drying Behavior of Concrete Mixtures

Press release date: Oct 23, 2014

Concrete is the most widely used construction material throughout the world. Understanding the drying behavior of a given concrete mixture is critical to any construction project. Ready-mix concrete producers and engineers will be able to use a new ASTM International standard to characterize how hardened concrete mixtures dry.

The new standard is ASTM C1792, Test Method for Measurement of Mass Loss Versus Time for One-Dimensional Drying of Saturated Concretes.

“The drying information provided by C1792 can be used to directly assess the drying rates of a given concrete mixture,” says ASTM member Dale Bentz, chemical engineer for the Materials and Structural Systems Division in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute for Standards and Technology. “This information could be valuable for industrial flooring applications, for example, where a quick drying is often desirable.”

In many applications, concrete is exposed to wetting and drying conditions in such a way that the concrete is partially saturated. The ASTM C1792 test will provide information on the mass loss versus time (drying) behavior of an initially saturated concrete specimen exposed to one-dimensional drying in a controlled temperature and relative humidity environment.

In addition to ready-mix producers, testing laboratories and concrete consultants will find ASTM C1792 helpful.

Subcommittee C09.66 on Concrete’s Resistance to Fluid Penetration, part of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, developed ASTM C1792. All interested parties are invited to join in the standards developing activities of C09.66.

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ASTM Committee C09 Next Meeting: Dec. 710, December Committee Week, New Orleans, La.

Technical Contact: Dale P. Bentz, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md., tel +1.301.975.5865; dale.bentz@nist.gov 

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