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Predicating Temperature for Mass Concrete

Q. Can concrete temperature be predicted during construction?


A. Many methods are available to predict concrete temperatures and temperature differences. These methods range from simple methods to more complicated methods such as the ones used in commercial finite element software.

Chapter 4 of ACI 207.2R describes a method known as the Schmidt Method. This method allows for the prediction of concrete temperatures, temperature differentials, timing of the maximum temperature, and cooling rates. For more details, as well as examples, refer to ACI 207.2R.


References: ACI 301-20; ACI 207.1R-05; ACI 207.2R-07; ACI PRC-207.4-20

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