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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Overall, ASR is characterized primarily by four main features: If you can read like a chemist, it looks like this: Map cracking, astmm known as three-point cracking, can cause other issues as well, such as shrinkage. Stanton, began his research on a few of these structures and found an expansive reaction between cement and aggregate taking place.

As stated earlier, many precasters will not have issues with ASR. If you compare this with the composition of your aggregates, you should give yourself a pat on the back. Highly reactive aggregate tended to be more sensitive to cement fineness and alkalinity.

ASTM C1260 – 14

Ask your aggregate provider first for test results before contacting a laboratory. It is important to understand the benefits and deficiencies offered by various testing procedures. Development of a more economical and more abundant admixture may be the future for ASR mitigation. A s I scrolled 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.

This test is similar to C with a testing period of 14 days. That is, if you have questions about the durability of your concrete, save some samples and leave them exposed to the elements. This makes them highly reactive. Specification of fineness and alkali content of cement, or both, might be beneficial to further improve the reliability and reproducibility of ASTM C Alkali metals, for example, which are found in the far left column of the periodic table, have a single electron in their outermost band.


However, some cases of concrete failure could not be attributed to astmm of these causes, prompting a deeper investigation. In this c11260, high and low alkali portland cement clinkers were selected and ground with gypsum c1206 a laboratory ball mill to three fineness levels: For ASR to occur, four things must be present: In addition to the standard 1 N NaOH solution, a 0.

Consequently, the two tests are often run together.

This document is currently not available here. What we do know, however, is important for precasters to understand. The results show that mortar-bar expansion was promoted with increased cement fineness regardless of clinker alkali, aggregate reactivity, or soak solution normality. Eventually, the tensile stresses caused by the increase in volume exceed the tensile strength of the concrete, causing cracks.

Signs of ASR are typically random map-cracking and spalled concrete. The effects of clinker alkali content, aggregate reactivity, and sodium hydroxide NaOH solution concentration on the mortar expansion test results were also studied. When lithium, sodium or potassium lose their single outermost electron, they become positively charged.

Cracking usually appears in areas with a frequent supply of moisture. In addition to discovering ASR, he was the first to explain that expansion was negligible when the alkali content of the cement was below 0. 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. You have just begun the journey into understanding your own materials as they relate to ASR. However, C takes one year to perform when evaluating aggregate reactivity, or two years when evaluating the efficacy of SCMs to mitigate deleterious expansion.

This method is one of the best ways to see ASR happen if you intentionally use aggregates with a high silica content like glass in concrete. However, we must take the time to review the current ASTM standards and check our mix designs to assure material confidence. 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.


Regardless, here is a list of key ASR points for precasters to know: A petrographic examination of aggregate will give a comprehensive description of the aggregate source and quantify the various rock and mineral constituents present.

Then simply check on them periodically and record your results. When siliceous aggregate is attacked by an alkali solution, it is converted to a viscous alkali silicate gel.

ASTM C Standard

This repository is part of the Iowa Research Commons. This test exposes specimens to a solution of sodium hydroxide NaOH. 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. Knowing this is essential to understand what needs to be done to mitigate this destructive process.

By Frank Bowen A s I scrolled 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. Though Stanton might not have been the first to visually recognize ASR, he is credited with the first serious research into why it occurred.

Keep in mind that some cements contain a higher proportion of potassium sulfate K 2 SO 4 than sodium sulfate Na 2 SO 4. Publication Version Published Version. Great article that gives a simplified overview of ASR, expansion testing, and mitigation techniques.

Photo provided by Frank Bowen. ASR can be avoided with a proper concrete mix design.