EFFECTS OF VARYING WATER-CEMENT RATIOS ON DIFFERENT GRADES OF CONCRETE USING LOCALLY MATERIALS
Keywords:Quarry dust, river washed aggregate, Portland Limestone Cement, Water-cement ratio, compressive strength, mixes
This research focused on laboratory tests that was conducted using locally available 10mm washed all-in gravel, quarry dust with varying water cement ratio. The research was carried-out using 108 (150 x 150 x 150) mm standard cubes that were all tested from three designed concrete mixes. In the present study, the role of water-cement ratio in compressive strength of concrete was investigated. The mixed concrete samples with water-cement ratios of 0.3, 0.35 and 0.40 were experimented for 3, 7, 21 and 28 days of curing. The results of compressive strength experiment showed that due to increase in water-cement ratio from 0.3 to 0.40, the compressive strength improved from 22 N/mm2 to 24.33 N/mm2 for 1:1.5:3 design mix, the compressive strength improved from 22.88 N/mm2 to 24 N/mm2 for 1:2:1 design mix, while compressive strength improved from 24 N/mm2 to 25.3 N/mm2 for 1:1:2 design mix respectively. The results for compressive strength experiments showed that the 0.4 water-cement ratio resulted in the optimum compressive strength for all three design mixes.
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