How to Read a Concrete Test

Sep 2, 2021 | Structural services | 0 comments

What is a Concrete Test?

When we are constructing a building, we want to make sure the location is suitable to support the structure. We also want to make sure that the quality of the concrete at the bottom of the structure is similar to the top of the structure, and all layers in-between. Concrete tests help us to better achieve this, while also maintaining higher quality and standards.

Concrete tests typically include samples for evaluation. The “plastic” properties of the test sample are determined and this data is included in the report. The concrete tests also checks for consistency, air content, and temperature. The primary goal of this concrete test is to verify compliance with project specifics. Meaning, we are checking to see if the concrete measures up to what was originally desired at the start of construction.

What Information is in a Concrete Test?

The first notable piece of information in a concrete test is the ambient temperature at the job site. This is important because concrete is greatly affected by extreme temperatures in either direction. Some other pieces of information are:

  • Curing method.
  • Compressive strength of each specimen to nearest 10 psi
  • Date and time of the test (also name of the testing technician)
  • Fresh concrete test results
  • Location in project represented by sample
  • Project name and location, name and location of testing lab, and identification numbers of the test specimens

Who Can Help With Understand Concrete Tests?

When reading concrete test results, it can be hard to understand. That is perfectly understandable, since we are not all trained in that profession. However, the common question is who can actually help in understanding concrete tests? Well, the answer is a structural engineer! Structural engineers that are trained in understanding concrete testing can help to simplify what your results mean. If you have trouble understanding your concrete test reports, consult a structural engineer as soon as you can.

Do you need help with concrete testing or understanding concrete test results? Contact Sabio Engineering Services! Our engineers are trained in concrete testing and possess extensive experience in concrete analysis.

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