Importance for concrete mixing design

Importance for concrete mixing design|concrete mixing and grouting pump


CONCRETE MIX design is most important to achieve maximum pumpability. Pumpability is affected by, among other factors, the type and gradation of aggregate used. Natural aggregates make a more workable mix and pump more readily than crushed aggregates. 


A blend of natural and crushed aggregates will produce a workable mix. The type and gradation of aggregates is equally important for workability as the size and percentage of coarse aggregates in the mix. 


The term “aggregates” describes all of the solid materials, from the largest rock to the smallest grain of sand, contained in the concrete mix. 


Concrete mixes with a consistency as dry as one-inch slump and as wet as ten-inch slump have been pumped; but for maximum efficiency from the pump, a slump ranging from two to six inches will produce a more workable mix than one that contains more or less water. 


The principle of concrete pumping is based on self-lubrication. As it moves through the transfer line, the concrete takes the shape of a plastic cylinder. It is forced through the transfer line on a film of mortar that is self-troweled to the service of the transfer line around its full periphery by the slug of concrete itself. 


A slump rating should be used with discretion; it is not always a real indication of the pumpability of the mix. The concrete may be workable in the sense that it will readily flow into place, but the same mix may not respond to pressure. 


Overly wet mixes tend to separate. In addition to affecting the strength and quality of the concrete, the delivery system will not tolerate separation. Overly dry mixes are similarly unsatisfactory if they lack plasticity and tend to be crumbly. To be properly pumped, the mix must be able to continuously coat the inside of the line with a lubricating seal of mortar.