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4, Issue 02, 2016 | ISSN (online): 2321-0613

**Effect of Particle Size Reduction on Strength and Water Absorption of
**

Concrete Mix

Nikhilkumar A. Poriya1 Chintan D. Patel2

1

P.G.Student 2AssistantProfessor

1,2

L. D. College of engineering, Ahmedabad

Abstract— Experimental study on the effect of particle size

reduction on the strength and water absorption of the concrete

has been carried out. For concrete mix particle size reduction

done according to reduced scale of 1:5 for five different

proportions 1:6:12, 1:5:10, 1:4:8, 1:2:4 and 1:1.5:3 with

constant water cement ratio of 0.6. concrete cubes were tested

and variation in strength and water absorption due to scaling

had been noted.

Key words: Scaled concrete, Particle size reduction,

Compressive Strength, Water absorption

I. INTRODUCTION

Computational softwares are widely used for the purpose of

analysis and design of the structures. Some softwares are also

available to do performance based analysis of the structures.

However, the output result could generally be varying due to

different assumptions regarding boundary conditions,

material properties, etc. made by software and analysist.

Hence to check actual performance of the structure,

experiments study is required and should be done by applying

actual loads to the actual structure in laboratory.

Unfortunately, our structures and loadings on it are very large

that experiments can’t be possible on them in a laboratory. To

get experiments done within the laboratory structure and its

dimensions has to be reduced to a particular scale. However,

physical dimensions of the structure should reduce but

inherent properties of materials should not change under

scaling. However, for the material like concrete one cannot

use same proportion of concrete mix for modelling purpose

which intended to use for original prototype concrete mix

because the scaling of constituent particles ultimately effect

the primary properties like compressive strength, water

absorption, flexure strength, modulus of elasticity, etc.

Hence, effect of particle size reduction of concrete mix on the

basic properties of concrete as a whole material should be

understood.

II. SCALING OF CONSTITUENTS

For reduced scaling purpose all constituents were

approximately reduced to one fifth of their original

dimensions. The size of coarse aggregate used in prototype

concrete mix was approx. 19 mm (0.75 inch). The size of grit

used in prototype concrete mix was approx. 12.7 mm (0.5

inch). Coarse aggregate and grit were used in ratio of 1:1 to

form total portion of aggregate. The sand particles passing

through the sieve of 4.75 mm were used in prototype concrete

mix. OPC of grade 53 was used as cement for prototype

concrete mix. Sand particles were sieved to get particles for

reduced scaled concrete mix. The sand particles passing

through the sieve of 4.75 mm and retained on the sieve of 1.18

mm were used as coarse aggregate in model concrete mix.

The sand particles passing through the sieve of 1.18 mm and

retained on the sieve of 600 µm were used as grit in model

concrete mix. The same ratio of 1:1 was used to form total

**aggregate from coarse aggregate and grit. The sand particles
**

passing through the sieve of 600 µm were used as sand in

model concrete mix. As cement is very finer material, its

scaling would be insignificant hence same cement was used

for model concrete mix which was used for prototype

concrete mix. However, cement used for model concrete mix

was sieved through 150 µm to avoid any lumps present in

cement.

III. EXPERIMENT

Concrete cube testing was done according to IS516:1959 to

get compressive strength of the concrete. Three cubes were

casted of dimensions 15 cm× 15 cm× 15 cm for all different

five proportions of 1:6:12, 1:5:10, 1:4:8, 1:2:4 and 1:1.5:3 for

both prototype concrete mix and model concrete mix. Water

cement ratio used during the casting of all concrete cubes was

0.6. Wet cubes were tested at 28 days from casting for

compressive strength using UTM (Universal testing

machine). After the testing of wet cube, sample material of

100 gm was taken from the core of the tested cube to get oven

dried for 24 Hrs. to get water absorption ratio of the cube.

**Fig. 1: Testing of concrete cube
**

IV. RESULTS

Average strength and water absorption of tested cubes for all

proportions of concrete mix is shown in table: 1

Compressive

Water absorption

Concrete

Strength

(MPa)

(%)

mix

proportion

Prototype Model Prototype Model

1:6:12

2.52

0.89

8.7

13.3

1:5:10

6.24

1.2

5

11.7

1:4:8

11.5

3.2

5

9.7

1:2:4

12.6

8.9

5.3

8

1:1.5:3

13.9

9.5

5

6.7

**Table 1: Compressive Strength And Water Absorption For
**

Different Concrete Mix

Variation in compressive strength for different

proportion of model and prototype concrete mix is shown in

fig. 2.

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**Fig. 5: Percentage increment in water absorption of concrete
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mix due to scaling

Fig. 2: Strength of model and prototype concrete mix

Variation in percentage of water absorption for

different proportion of model and prototype concrete mix is

shown in fig. 3.

**Fig. 3: Water absorption of model and prototype concrete
**

mix

As per fig. 2 for the same proportion of concrete

mix, model concrete mix shows less strength compared to the

prototype concrete mix. That percentage decrement in

strength with respect to prototype concrete mix along the

percentage volume of cement used of total volume of

concrete mix has shown in fig.4.

V. CONCLUSION

Percentage of Water absorption for prototype concrete mix

tends to constant through proportion of 1:05:10 to 1:1.5:3 of

concrete mix while it has been continuously reducing for

model concrete mix through same proportion of concrete mix.

Percentage decrement in strength of concrete with respect to

prototype concrete mix is at the peak when the percentage

volume of cement used of total volume of concrete mix is

nearly 6%. After the percentage volume of cement is nearly

14% the decrement in strength of concrete is nearly constant.

The percentage increment in water absorption with respect to

prototype concrete mix is at the peak when the percentage

volume of cement used of total volume of concrete mix is

nearly 6%. It can be fairly analysed from data that strength of

prototype concrete mix is higher than the strength of model

concrete mix and water absorption is higher in model

concrete mix than prototype concrete mix for the same

proportion. The following study can be further enhanced by

taking different scales or by taking more proportions of

concrete mix.

REFERENCES

[1] MICHAEL SHAYER, ANDREAS DEMETRIOU,

MUHAMMAD PERVEZ, “The Structure and Scaling of

Concrete Operational Thought: Three Studies in Four

Countries”, Genetic, Social, and General Psychology

Monographs, pp.309-375, November 1987

[2] K. Miled, K. Sab, R. Le Roy, “Particle size eﬀ ect on EPS

lightweight

concrete

compressive

strength:

Experimental investigation and modelling” Mechanics

of Materials vol. 39, pp. 222-240, year-20007

[3] M. S. Shetty, “Concrete Technology: Theory and

Practice”, First Edition, S. Chand & Company LTD.

ISBN: 81-219-0003-4

[4] IS 516 (1959): Method of Tests for Strength of Concrete

**Fig. 4: Percentage decrement in strength of concrete mix
**

due to scaling

As per fig. 3 for the same proportion of concrete

mix, model concrete mix shows higher water absorption

compared to the prototype concrete mix. That percentage

increment in water absorption with respect to prototype

concrete mix along the percentage volume of cement used of

total volume of concrete mix has shown in fig.5.

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