DETERMINING PLASTIC DENSITY OF PORTLAND
The plastic density of PC Concrete is dependent on the materials, proportions, air content and consolidation. For given materials and proportions, the consolidation of the concrete is an important factor in its durability.
This test procedure determines the percent rodded density by comparing the in-place density from the nuclear gauge to the corrected rodded density determined using Materials IM 340.
· Before operating a nuclear gauge, you must have attended a course on operation and safety at the Central Laboratory and have a current Qualified Nuclear Gauge Operator Card.
· Never touch the end of the source rod with your hand. A plastic glove and a rag should be used when cleaning the rod and the rod should be pointed away from the body during this operation.
· DO NOT use any lubricants (i.e. spray lubricants or oil) on the source rod. Central Materials personnel will perform the necessary lubrication.
A. Determination of the Corrected Standard Rodded Density
Materials IM 340 is used to determine the density of the concrete mix. Use the tamping rod, not a vibrator, to consolidate the concrete. Perform at least 1 test per each ½ day of concrete production. Determine the following:
Vm, Volume of measuring bowl in cubic feet (on the side of the bowl).
W1, Weight of the measuring bowl plus concrete in pounds.
W2, Weight of the measuring bowl only in pounds.
W3 = W1-W2, Weight of Concrete in pounds.
Determined Rodded Density = 142.4 pcf
Determined Air Content = 7.4%
= 144.6 pcf
B. Test Record Forms
1. Record the following data in a field book or worksheets:
b. Calibrated volume of the measuring bowl, Vm
c. Weight of measuring bowl, W2.
d. Weight of measuring bowl full of concrete, W1
e. Location where concrete sample was obtained
f. Corrected rodded density
C. Determination of the "In-Place" Density of the Plastic PC Concrete
Nuclear gauge including standard calibration block and gauge instruction manual.
2. Standard Counts
a. Place the standard calibration block in a position recommended by the manufacturer to obtain standard counts.
c. Take one automatic 4-minute standard count per manufacturer instructions. This count should be within 1% of the latest standard count established for the gauge. In the event the standard count varies by more than 1%, make a note of that number, reject that count on the gauge and then obtain another standard count. The two standard count numbers just obtained should be within 1% of each other and within 2% of the latest established standard count. If so, retain and record the last standard count taken
d. If the day-to-day shift in the standard count varies more than 2% for moisture or 1% for density, reset the gauge on the standard calibration block and repeat the procedure in 2c above.
3. Test Procedure
Corrected Nuclear Density = N2+ C
N2, "in-place" nuclear density in pounds per cubic foot.
C, Correction Factor (an adjustment factor for some gauges)
D.Test Record Forms
1. The following additional data will be recorded in field book or worksheets
a. Location of "in-place" nuclear density
b. “In-place" density, N2
c. Corrected nuclear density
d. % of rodded density
2. Report this data on Form #821297. This blank form can be found at:
W:\Highway\Materials\Nuclear gauge forms
Figure 1. Measuring Bowl Showing Volume of Container (in Cubic Feet)
Figure 2. Nuclear Gauge in Place on Standard Calibration Block