ASTM C496 / C496M - 11

    Standard Test Method for Splitting Tensile Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens

    Active Standard ASTM C496 / C496M | Developed by Subcommittee: C09.61

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.02


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    Significance and Use

    Splitting tensile strength is generally greater than direct tensile strength and lower than flexural strength (modulus of rupture).

    Splitting tensile strength is used in the design of structural lightweight concrete members to evaluate the shear resistance provided by concrete and to determine the development length of reinforcement.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the splitting tensile strength of cylindrical concrete specimens, such as molded cylinders and drilled cores.

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the 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.

    1.4 The text of this standard references notes that provide explanatory material. These notes shall not be considered as requirements of the standard.


    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

    C39/C39M Test Method for Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens

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

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

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.30 (Concrete and concrete products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30111500(Concrete and mortars)


    DOI: 10.1520/C0496_C0496M-11

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