Influence of the water and aggregate contents on the concrete mixing evolution
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Concrete mixing evolution
Effective water estimation
Coarse aggregates wall effect
Fresh properties control
A new image analysis technique coupled with the power consumption were employed in this paper and proved to be a relevant method to detect the different characteristic times of the mixing evolution, i.e. the cohesion time, the fluidity time and the half-life time of the mixture evolution after fluidity. It was shown that the “effective water-to-powder ratio in the mortar” which excludes from the effective water the quantity of water needed to fill the less compact packing in the vicinity of the coarse aggregates, governed the mixing behaviour before fluidity and the interval of water content where the concrete mixture behaves as a homogenous and fluid granular suspension. It was also shown that the mixing behaviour was adversely affected by the amount of water into the mixture. The fluidity and cohesive times were faster to be obtained when the water proportion was increased. At opposite, it was more difficult to obtain the final consistency for a more fluid mixture, at given super-pla ...