Concrete Testing

The reason that concrete testing methods are necessary is to ensure the stability, components, and properties of the structures that will rely on the concrete. Not only is testing really necessary but so are the methods used to verify concrete.

What Sampling Concrete Does

Concrete is tested to learn more about the properties and characteristics and makeup of concrete. The tests can be performed at two locations — in a lab or at a construction site.

Not only is it nice to know what composition makes up concrete, but in many places, it is a development requirement. Concrete testing is even useful for future purposes, such as if there is an issue with the concrete. The results of the trial are kept on file.

Different Testing Types

In the lab, particular components are identified to confirm they meet the claims of the concrete manufacturers. Lab testing provides insight into information on porousness and flexibility. These are necessary tests for projects such as skyscrapers and bridges, which need to be able to take on extreme stress over many years.

Along the same lines, materials testing ensures that a product meets the manufacturer’s claims and standards while meeting building code requirements as defined by law. There are many types of concrete tests. One, the slump test, packs concrete into a cone. When the cone is removed, how much does the concrete “slump” or give way? In some cases low drop is necessary, but in other cases, it is undesirable or dangerous even. The drop test measures consistency and quality.

Ensuring Accurate Testing Results

Construction projects require neutrality in the testing of concrete. It is for this reason that a third party, local concrete testing company is employed to test concrete on construction projects.

If the actual tests prove that elements and properties are not good enough, it means that the project must be redone. It may only be portions of the project, but this is still better than having a bridge or building under extreme stress falter.

In addition to slump, the concrete is tested for strength against compression and weight. There can be many reasons there are problems that show up in testing. For air content, the standards must meet up with ASO requirements. Unit weight is another measurement that needs to be taken. This is necessary for columns, and cylinders, where the force to break the concrete is measured.

Again, the tests for slump may be exaggerated because of problems with the form, finishing, and separation. Building codes, engineering standards, and common sense testing guide the process of what, where, and how to test. Making adjustments to the concrete, such as re-doing segments of a project, are good practice, where the concrete fails to live up to prescribed measurements.

Performing the testing is a real-world practice of risk management. It is basically, takes the chance a building could falter and fall, or mitigate risks by testing and making alterations. The latter saves projects and lives from unnecessary destruction and devastation.