5 best methods of Concrete mix design

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Concrete mix design is the act of defining the quantities of cement, sand, aggregates ,water to get the most competitive grades of concrete mix ratios.

5 Best methods of concrete mix design

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concrete mix design -ratios
The 5 different  methods of concrete mix design are given below. 
  1. Minimum voids methods.
  2. Maximum density method,
  3. Abram’s water-cement ratio.
  4. Experimental methods 
  5. Arbitrary methods

1.Minimum voids method for concrete mix design

In this method, the quantity of sand should fill the voids of the coarse aggregates and the quantity of cement used should be such that it fills the voids of sand.
In practice,
 The quantity of sand used in the mix keep 10% more than the voids in coarse aggregates and
 the quantity of cement is to take 15% more than the voids in the sand.

2.Maximum density method for concrete mix design

Method of voids was later developed by Fuller.
Given the subsequent representation for maximum density method concrete.
P= 100 x (d/D)1/2
where P = % by weight of matter finer than diameter d.
           D =  aggregates maximum size

3.Abram’s water-cement ratio for concrete mix design

For any given situations of a test, according to this law on the basis of water-cement ratio only the strength of workable concrete mix is reliant.
According to this law, for the compacted concrete,
 the strength is not influenced by type or surface texture, aggregates shape and aggregates grading.
According to this law, the strength of a concrete mix rises with a reduction in water content.

4.An Experimental method for concrete mix design

The proportion of constituents of concrete is prepared based on conclusions drawn from a large number of experiments.
The achieved concrete  is called  Design mix concrete.
The design of this concrete mix ratio is done on the basis of volume.

5.Arbitrary methods for concrete mix design

If the proportions of aggregates, cement and water are selected based on arbitrary measures, the concrete thus produced is termed as Nominal mix concrete.
In works where design mixes are not possible due to quality issues, this Nominal mix concrete is used.
This concrete mix ratio is done on the basis of its weight.
Nominal mix concrete can be generated by utilising fine aggregate, cement and coarse aggregate in the mix ratio of 1: n: 2n, for regular concrete works.
Example: M 25 concrete grade  – 1:1:2

Aggregates Sizes in concrete mix design

In RCC works the greatest size of aggregates is restricted to 20 mm to 25 mm, as per IS standards.
The particle shape is very crucial since the water-cement ratio rules considerably the strength of concrete.
For concrete of assigned workability, the rounded aggregates need less water-cement ratio.
Coarse aggregates  > 4.75 mm size.
Fine aggregates < 4.75 mm size

Fineness modulus of aggregates

 An index number which is approximately proportionate to the average size of the particles in the aggregates is termed as the fineness modulus of an aggregate.
The more granular the aggregates, the larger is the fineness modulus.
It is achieved by combining the % of the weight of the material retained on the total 10 number of IS sieves between 80 mm to 150 micrometres and dividing it by 100.
Given below  fineness modulus of various aggregates 
 S.No Aggregates  Fineness Modulus
 1 Coarse aggregates 6 to 8.5
 2. Fine aggregates 2 to 3.5
 3. Fine sand 2.2 to 2.9
 4 Mixed aggregates 4.7 to 7
 5 Medium sand 2.6 to 2.9
 6. Coarse sand 2.9 to 3.2

Grades of concrete mix ratio

For various grades , concrete mix ratios are given below.
  1. M 5 concrete ratio-1:5:10
  2. M 10 concrete  ratio- 1:4:8
  3. M 15 concrete ratio-1:2:4
  4. M 20 concrete ratio – 1:1.5:3
  5. M 25 concrete ratio – 1:1:2
 The following are the minimum grade of concrete to use for various types of construction.
 S.No  construction type  Minimum Grades of concrete
 1 Lean concrete M 5
 2 Plain cement concrete M 10,M 15
 3 RCC for general construction works M20
 4 Water tanks, domes, shell roofs concreting M25

Ready-mix concrete, RMC vehicles are used for transporting of this concrete mix.

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concrete mix design-transport vehicle

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2 Comments on “5 best methods of Concrete mix design”

  1. Hey! Somehow you managed to grab my interest by suggesting that we could maximize the void in our concrete mix to create a lightweight design altogether. A short retaining wall is about to be built around my neighbor’s backyard to prevent stray animals from trespassing into the area. I’ll advise him to use this tip so the structure would be even sturdier in the end.

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