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Title: Variability of 4 x 8 in. Cylinder Tests

Author(s): Rachel J. Detwiler, Wendy Thomas, Thorlief Stangebye, and Michael Urahn

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 31

Issue: 5

Appears on pages(s): 57-61

Keywords: compression tests; compressive strength; cylinders; variation; statistical analysis

Date: 5/1/2009

ACI 318-08 allows the testing of two 6 x 12 in. (150 x 300 mm) cylinders or three 4 x 8 in. (100 x 200 mm) cylinders for compressive strength acceptance testing of concrete. During 2006 and 2007, compressive strength test data for both cylinder sizes was collected at a single testing laboratory. The data represent a wide range of field conditions and a consistent set of laboratory conditions. Thus, these data can provide a useful basis for comparing the precision of tests using the two cylinder sizes and for determining whether there is a need to test three replicate 4 x 8 in. (100 x 200 mm) cylinders.


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