ASTM C1792 - 14

    Standard Test Method for Measurement of Mass Loss versus Time for One-Dimensional Drying of Saturated Concretes

    Active Standard ASTM C1792 | Developed by Subcommittee: C09.66

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Drying behavior is related to the mass transport properties of concrete, such as liquid permeability and water diffusivity. It depends on a number of factors such as concrete mixture proportions, presence of admixtures and supplementary cementitious materials, composition and physical characteristics of the aggregates and cementitious materials, curing conditions, degree of hydration, and presence of microcracking. Drying behavior is also affected strongly by the degree of saturation and temperature of the concrete at the start of drying as well as the environmental conditions that exist during drying such as temperature, relative humidity, and air flow rate (wind speed).

    5.2 This test method subjects initially saturated specimens of concrete to one-dimensional drying under controlled environmental conditions. The resulting mass loss versus time data can be used to estimate transport coefficients including liquid permeability3 and water diffusivity.4 These coefficients may be used in numerical models to estimate service life of concrete and reinforced concrete members exposed to different environmental conditions.5,6

    5.3 The test method provides instruction and a sequence of steps for measuring mass loss versus time. The preferred rate of this mass loss will depend on the application. For example, for interior commercial flooring applications, a mass loss that occurs quickly may be preferable, while for outdoor exposures in an aggressive environment, slower mass loss may be beneficial.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method determines the mass loss over time due to one-dimensional drying and moisture transport in an initially saturated cylindrical specimen with both ends exposed to constant temperature and relative humidity.

    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

    C31/C31M Practice for Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Field

    C42/C42M Test Method for Obtaining and Testing Drilled Cores and Sawed Beams of Concrete

    C125 Terminology Relating to Concrete and Concrete Aggregates

    C157/C157M Test Method for Length Change of Hardened Hydraulic-Cement Mortar and Concrete

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

    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

    C1005 Specification for Reference Masses and Devices for Determining Mass and Volume for Use in the Physical Testing of Hydraulic Cements

    E104 Practice for Maintaining Constant Relative Humidity by Means of Aqueous Solutions


    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/C1792-14

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C1792-14, Standard Test Method for Measurement of Mass Loss versus Time for One-Dimensional Drying of Saturated Concretes, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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