Three-day prediction of concrete compressive strength evolution

Marco Viviani, Branko Glisic, Ian F.C. Smith

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Although there are several procedures predicting concrete compressive strength, reliable methodologies involve either extensive testing or voluminous databases. This paper presents a simple and efficient procedure to evaluate the activation energy and the rate constant of concrete. These two parameters can be used for a rapid prediction of the mechanical properties of concrete and particularly the evolution of compressive strength. They also allow separation of effects due to physical phenomena such as humidity loss. The procedure uses an experimentally-determined parameter called "hardening time" as an indicator of equivalent maturity when comparing two hardening profiles. Test results from specimens of six concrete types validate the approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalACI Materials Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


  • Hydration
  • Maturity
  • Strength


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