Compacting Factor Test of concrete IS 1199 : 1959

Compacting Factor Test of concrete

Compacting Factor Test of concrete
Compacting Factor Test of concrete
Compaction test 
Test standard :IS 1199:1959 
This test specifies a procedure for determining the workability of concrete, where the nominal maximum size of the aggregate does not exceed 38 mm. 

The compacting factor test is designed Primarily for use in the laboratory but it can also be used in the field. It is more precise and sensitive than the slump test and is particularly useful for concrete mixes of very low workability as are normally used when concrete is to be compacted by vibration. Such dry concrete are insensitive to slump test. 

The degree of compaction, called the compacting factor is measured by the density ratio i.e., the ratio of the density actually achieved in the test to density of same concrete fully compacted.

Test Apparatus :
  1. Compaction factor apparatus
  2. Trowels hand scoop (15.2 cm long),
  3. A Tamping rod of steel or other suitable material (1.6 cm diameter, 61 cm long rounded at one end )
  4. Weighing Balance.
Compacting Factor Test of concrete
Sampling :

If the test is carried out in the field, the sample of freshly mixed concrete shall be obtained by the specified method. In the case of concrete containing aggregate of maximum size more than 38 mm, the concrete shall be wet sieved through 1.5 in screen to exclude aggregate particles bigger than 38 mm.

Procedure : 

The sample of concrete to be tested is placed in the upper hopper up to the brim. The trap-door is opened so that the concrete falls into the lower hopper. Then the trap-door of the lower hopper is opened and the concrete is allowed to fall into the cylinder. In the case of a dry-mix, it is likely that the concrete may not fall on opening the trap-door. In such a case, a slight poking by a rod may be required to set the concrete in motion. The excess concrete remaining above the top level of the cylinder is then cut off with the help of plane blades supplied with the apparatus. The outside of the cylinder is wiped clean. The concrete is filled up exactly upto the top level of the cylinder. It is weighed to the nearest 10 grams. This weight is known as “Weight of partially compacted concrete”. The cylinder is emptied and then refilled it the concrete from the same sample in layers approximately 5 cm deep. The layers are heavily rammed or preferably vibrated so as to obtain full compaction.
The top surface of the fully compacted concrete is then carefully struck off level with the top of the cylinder and weighed to the nearest 10 gm. This weight is known as “Weight of fully compacted concrete”.

The Compacting Factor
= Weight of partially compacted concrete/ Weight of fully compacted concrete

The weight of fully compacted concrete can also be calculated by knowing the  proportion of materials, their respective specific gravities, and the volume of the cylinder. It is  seen from experience, that it makes very little difference in compacting factor value, whether  the weight of fully compacted concrete is calculated theoretically or found out actually after  100 per cent compaction. 

It can be realised that the compacting factor test measures the inherent characteristics  of the concrete which relates very close to the workability requirements of concrete and as such it is one of the good tests to depict the workability of concrete.
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