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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ASTM C1260 – 14

If you compare this with the composition of your aggregates, you should give yourself a pat on the back. Mitigation methods can be split into those methods suitable for new concrete and those that can be used for existing structures.

If you can read like a chemist, it looks like this: 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 cc1260 nonreactive aggregates.

When lithium, sodium or potassium lose their single outermost electron, they become positively charged. While the fundamental physical and chemical reactions remain poorly understood, it is well known that Ast, destroys the durability of concrete and can cause serious maintenance and reconstruction costs.

Cement mill certificates contain information that can prove useful for tracking changes in your concrete and controlling variability in your mix design. C1206, ASR is characterized ast, by four main features: Publication Version Published Version. 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.


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

“Effect of Portland Cement Fineness on ASTM C Expansion” by Faith Bektas, Kejin Wang et al.

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. At least, this was the blame at the time.

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. Photo provided by Frank Bowen. Specification of fineness and alkali content of cement, or both, might be beneficial to further improve the reliability and reproducibility of ASTM C Federal Highway Administration, fhwa.

Signs of ASR are typically random map-cracking and spalled concrete. This is all critical to ASR to show where the reactivity is taking place.

Metal atoms lose the electron, or electrons, in their highest aetm level and become positively charged ions. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Frank Bowen, a Master Precaster graduate, received his M. For ASR to occur, four things must be present: 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.

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Great article that gives a simplified overview of ASR, expansion testing, and mitigation techniques. Your email address will not be published.

Though Stanton might not have been the first to visually recognize ASR, he is credited with the first serious research into why it occurred. However, C takes one year to perform when evaluating aggregate reactivity, or two years when evaluating the efficacy of SCMs to mitigate deleterious expansion. In this study, high and low alkali portland cement clinkers were selected and ground with atm in a laboratory ball mill to three fineness levels: That is, if you have questions about the durability of your concrete, save some samples and leave them exposed to the elements.


Non-metal atoms gain an electron, or electrons, from another atom to become negatively charged ions. As stated earlier, many precasters will not have issues with ASR. Lithium compounds have also been used, but they may be cost-prohibitive and limited in availability.

However, some cases of concrete failure could not be attributed to either of these causes, prompting a deeper investigation. Then simply check on them periodically and record your results.

Development of a more economical and more abundant admixture may be the future for ASR mitigation. C1620, the two tests are often run together. Ask your aggregate provider first for test results before contacting a laboratory. This test is similar to C with a testing period of 14 days.

This new ASTM standard and related AASHTO provisional standard provides detailed protocols and guidelines using previous ASR testing data, petrography and historical performance to provide a prescriptive decision-making process for mitigation.

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