ASTM C1506 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Water Retention of Hydraulic Cement-Based Mortars and Plasters

    Active Standard ASTM C1506 | Developed by Subcommittee: C01.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.01


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    Significance and Use

    This test method provides a means for determining the ability of mortars and plasters to retain water under suction. Test results may be used to determine compliance with specifications.

    The results obtained using this test method can be used to compare the relative ability of mortars and plasters to retain water under suction.

    The results obtained using this test method for masonry mortars do not necessarily indicate the degree of water retention when used with masonry units, since the amount of water absorbed by the unit depends on the rate of absorption of the masonry unit.

    The results obtained using this test method for plasters (stucco) do not necessarily indicate the degree of water retention when the plaster is applied as a second coat on the surface of a previously applied plaster base coat, since the amount of water absorbed from the second coat of plaster depends on the rate of absorption of the base coat. This is also true when a plaster is applied as a coating on masonry units.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method provides for the determination of water retention of hydraulic cement-based mortars and plasters.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. (WarningFresh hydraulic cementitious mixtures are caustic and may cause chemical burns to skin and tissue upon prolonged exposure.)


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C109/C109M Test Method for Compressive Strength of Hydraulic Cement Mortars (Using 2-in. or [50-mm] Cube Specimens)

    C185 Test Method for Air Content of Hydraulic Cement Mortar

    C230/C230M Specification for Flow Table for Use in Tests of Hydraulic Cement

    C305 Practice for Mechanical Mixing of Hydraulic Cement Pastes and Mortars of Plastic Consistency

    C511 Specification for Mixing Rooms, Moist Cabinets, Moist Rooms, and Water Storage Tanks Used in the Testing of Hydraulic Cements and Concretes

    C670 Practice for Preparing Precision and Bias Statements for Test Methods for Construction Materials

    C1437 Test Method for Flow of Hydraulic Cement Mortar


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.10 (Cement. Gypsum. Lime. Mortar)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30111504(Mortars); 30111700(Plasters)


    DOI: 10.1520/C1506-09

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