July 16, 2024


Apparatus Required

  • High-frequency mortar cube vibrator
  • cube moulds (70.6mm×70.6mm×70.6mm) size
  • Gauging trowel
  • graduated glass cylinder
  • poking rod
  • standard sand conforming to IS 650-1967 & CTM

The procedure of the test

  • On a non-porous surface, place a mixture of 200gms of cement and 600gms of standard sand.
  • Mix the cement and the standard sand in 1 :3 proportion by weight, for at least 1 minute in a dry state, add specified quantity of water (P/4+3.0)% by total weight of cement and sand to the mixture of cement and sand. mix thoroughly for 3 to 4 minutes with the help of a trowel.
  • Oil the mould and fix it on the vibrating machine and clamp properly, fill the mortar in the mould and the mortar shall be prodded 20 times in about 8 seconds to ensure elimination of entrained air, compact the mortar by vibrating the cubes in the vibrating machine(With vibrator speed of  12000 + or -400 Vib/min) for 2 minutes.
  • Keep the filled moulds at a temperature of 27° C +/- 2°C in an atmosphere of at least 90% relative humidity for 24 hrs.
  • Demould after 24 hrs and submerge the cubes in clean fresh water for curing, till they are tested ( Renew the water every 7 days).
  • Test the cubes for crushing in CTM immediately after the ages of 3,7 & 28 Days (min -3cubes for each age ) period is calculated from the time of addition of water to the dry cement & sand.
  • Load on specimen shall be applied steadily and uniformly starting from zero @ 35 N/ Sq.mm/min till cube failure mode, note the load at failure of 3 cubes, average of 3 cubes is to be tested for compressive strength.

Datasheet for compressive strength test of cement cubes

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