ASTM C512 / C512M - 10

    Standard Test Method for Creep of Concrete in Compression

    Active Standard ASTM C512 / C512M | Developed by Subcommittee: C09.61

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.02


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    Significance and Use

    This test method measures the load-induced time-dependent compressive strain at selected ages for concrete under an arbitrary set of controlled environmental conditions.

    This test method can be used to compare creep potentials of different concretes. A procedure is available, using the developed equation (or graphical plot), for calculating stress from strain data within massive non-reinforced concrete structures. For most specific design applications, the test conditions set forth herein must be modified to more closely simulate the anticipated curing, thermal, exposure, and loading age conditions for the prototype structure. Current theories and effects of material and environmental parameters are presented in ACI SP-9, Symposium on Creep of Concrete.

    In the absence of a satisfactory hypothesis governing creep phenomena, a number of assumptions have been developed that have been generally substantiated by test and experience.

    Creep is proportional to stress from 0 to 40 % of concrete compressive strength.

    Creep has been conclusively shown to be directly proportional to paste content throughout the range of paste contents normally used in concrete. Thus, the creep characteristics of concrete mixtures containing aggregate of maximum size greater than 50 mm [2 in.] may be determined from the creep characteristics of the minus 50-mm [minus 2-in.] fraction obtained by wet-sieving. Multiply the value of the characteristic by the ratio of the cement paste content (proportion by volume) in the full concrete mixture to the paste content of the sieved sample.

    The use of the logarithmic expression (Section 8) does not imply that the creep strain-time relationship is necessarily an exact logarithmic function; however, for the period of one year, the expression approximates normal creep behavior with sufficient accuracy to make possible the calculation of parameters that are useful for the purpose of comparing concretes.

    There are no data that would support the extrapolation of the results of this test to tension or torsion.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the creep of molded concrete cylinders subjected to sustained longitudinal compressive load. This test method is limited to concrete in which the maximum aggregate size does not exceed 50 mm [2 in.].

    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.


    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

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

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

    C470/C470M Specification for Molds for Forming Concrete Test Cylinders Vertically

    C617 Practice for Capping Cylindrical Concrete Specimens

    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)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C0512_C0512M-10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C512 / C512M-10, Standard Test Method for Creep of Concrete in Compression, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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