This standard is issued under the fixed designation C ; the number immediately 1 This test method is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee C09 on. All the Controls products ASTM C standard. Enter now!. Originally approved in Last previous edition approved in as C – 05a. 2 For referenced ASTM standards, visit the ASTM website,

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Although cement fineness and clinker alkali content did not affect the classification in terms of potential reactivity of the aggregates used in this study, they might change the classification for the aggregates near the boundary between reactive and nonreactive aggregates. Civil, C1620 and Environmental Engineering Publications. Publication Version Published Version. This repository is part of the Iowa Research Commons.

A s I wstm through the few articles and reports I have collected over the past decade regarding alkali-silica reactions, I began to realize I had developed an ignorance to this elusive subject. Mitigation methods can be split into those methods suitable for new concrete and those that can be used for existing structures.

The effects of clinker alkali content, aggregate reactivity, and sodium hydroxide NaOH solution concentration on the mortar expansion test results were also studied.

You have just begun the journey into understanding your own materials as they relate to ASR. Stanton, began his research on a few of these structures and found an expansive reaction between cement and aggregate taking place. The alkali content of cement is not a significant factor in affecting the expansion. Cracking usually appears in areas with a frequent supply of moisture.



Search Enter search terms: Petrography may be used to classify an aggregate as potentially reactive, but expansion testing is required to determine the extent of the reactivity and appropriate levels of prevention. More than a century ago, it was noticed ast concrete could deteriorate from seawater and freezing weather cycles.

Ions are electrically charged particles formed when atoms lose aatm gain electrons. Highly reactive aggregate tended to be more sensitive to cement fineness and alkalinity.

This is a result of a number astk sequential reactions. While the fundamental physical and chemical reactions remain poorly understood, it is well known that ASR destroys the durability of concrete and can cause serious maintenance and reconstruction costs. That is, if you have questions about the durability of your concrete, save some samples and leave them exposed to the elements.

What we do know, however, is important for precasters to understand.

ASTM C Potential Alkali Reactivity of Aggregates | CTLGroup

However, this chemical approach, which alters the reaction gel to a less expansive nature, has us in what I feel to be the right direction. However, some cases of concrete failure could not be attributed to either of these causes, prompting a deeper investigation.

These empty voids, xstm created, allow the gel to migrate into the cracks. Awtm cracking, also known as three-point cracking, can cause other issues as well, such as shrinkage. C is used to test the reactivity potential of aggregates, while C includes the use of secondary cementitious materials within the mortar bar samples to determine the effective reduction of ASR.


Development of a more economical and more abundant admixture may be the future for ASR mitigation. Signs of ASR are typically c1620 map-cracking and spalled concrete. Metal atoms lose the electron, or electrons, in their highest energy level and become positively charged ions. Great article that gives a simplified overview of ASR, expansion testing, and mitigation techniques.

The results show that mortar-bar expansion was promoted with increased cement fineness regardless of clinker alkali, aggregate reactivity, or soak solution normality. The same goes for calcium, but since it is in the second column of the periodic table, it must lose two electrons for this to happen.

Regardless, here is a list of key ASR points for precasters to know: This makes them highly reactive. However, we must take the time to review the current ASTM standards and check our mix designs to assure material confidence. If you can read like a chemist, it looks like this: It is important to understand the benefits and deficiencies offered by various testing procedures.