ASTM C1543 - 10a

    Standard Test Method for Determining the Penetration of Chloride Ion into Concrete by Ponding

    Active Standard ASTM C1543 | Developed by Subcommittee: C09.66

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.02


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is suitable for evaluation of materials and material proportions for construction purposes as well as for research and development.

    This test method can be used to establish the correlation between indirect measures of the chloride-ion penetration of concrete (see Test Method C1202) and the actual chloride-ion penetration under controlled conditions.

    This test method is not intended to provide a measure of the length of service that may be expected from use of a specific concrete mixture or sealing material.

    If the purpose for testing is to determine the apparent chloride diffusion coefficient, it is recommended that Test Method C1556 be used.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method determines the penetration of chloride ion into concrete from a sodium-chloride solution pond. This method is applicable to all types of concrete, as well as to concretes treated with systems such as sealants, penetrating sealers, or thin-bonded overlays.

    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.


    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

    C125 Terminology Relating to Concrete and Concrete Aggregates

    C192/C192M Practice for Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Laboratory

    C672/C672M Test Method for Scaling Resistance of Concrete Surfaces Exposed to Deicing Chemicals

    C1152/C1152M Test Method for Acid-Soluble Chloride in Mortar and Concrete

    C1202 Test Method for Electrical Indication of Concretes Ability to Resist Chloride Ion Penetration

    C1556 Test Method for Determining the Apparent Chloride Diffusion Coefficient of Cementitious Mixtures by Bulk Diffusion

    AASHTO Standard

    T259 Method of Test for Resistance of Concrete to Chloride Ion Penetration


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.30 (Concrete and concrete products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30111500(Concrete and mortars)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C1543-10A

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C1543-10a, Standard Test Method for Determining the Penetration of Chloride Ion into Concrete by Ponding, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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