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Measurement of Workability of Fresh Concrete Using a Mixing Truck.

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Amziane, S.; Ferraris, C. F.; Koehler, E. P.

Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Vol. 110, No. 1, 55-66, January/February 2005.


concretes; mixing; rehometers; rheology; mixer truck; trucks


The main objective of this study is to evaluate the workability of fresh portland cement concrete while it is still in the mixing truck by determining fundamental rheological parameters (plastic viscosity and yield stress). Nine concrete mixtures with different values of yield stress and plastic viscosity were tested in a concrete truck. The measurements made with the truck were based on the typical method of determining the flow behavior in a traditional fluid rheometer; that is, the shear rate in the mixing truck was swept from high to low by varying the rotation speed of the drum. The results of these experiments are discussed and compared with data provided by the ICAR rheometer, a portable rheometer designed for measuring concrete rheology. The test results indicate that the mixing truck equipment is sufficiently sensitive to detect differences in yield stress, slump, and plastic viscosity. However, the plastic viscosity determined by the truck measurement did not correlate with plastic viscosity as measured by the ICAR rheometer, while the yield stress determined by the truck measurement did correlate well with the measured slump and the ICAR rheometer results. Suggestions are given on how to improve the mixing truck for better use as a rheometer.