Peter Taylor, Ezgi Yurdakul, and Marcia Brink
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aggregate, cement, paste, strength
Many concrete mixtures are proportioned based on standard, previously used “recipes,” and/or on prescriptive specifications that define limits on the type, amount, and proportions of mixture components. Costs and environmental impacts may therefore be suboptimal. Performance-based specifications allow the development of mixtures that have been adjusted for local materials and that meet specific owner and contractor requirements. A recently developed performance-based mixture proportioning method is described. The method includes evaluation and selection of the paste and aggregate systems as well as analysis of interactions between the two systems. An Excel® spreadsheet tool is available to help users apply the method.