ASTM C596 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Drying Shrinkage of Mortar Containing Hydraulic Cement

    Active Standard ASTM C596 | Developed by Subcommittee: C01.31

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.01


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    Significance and Use

    This test method establishes a selected set of conditions of temperature, relative humidity and rate of evaporation of the environment to which a mortar specimen of stated composition shall be subjected for a specified period of time during which its change in length is determined and designated drying shrinkage.

    The drying shrinkage of mortar as determined by this test method has a linear relation to the drying shrinkage of concrete made with the same cement and exposed to the same drying conditions. Hence this test method may be used when it is desired to develop data on the effect of a hydraulic cement on the drying shrinkage of concrete made with that cement.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method determines the change in length on drying of mortar bars containing hydraulic cement and graded standard sand.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. When combined standards are referenced, the selection of measurement system is at the users discretion subject to the requirements of the referenced 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

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

    C219 Terminology Relating to Hydraulic Cement

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

    C490/C490M Practice for Use of Apparatus for the Determination of Length Change of Hardened Cement Paste, Mortar, and Concrete

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

    C778 Specification for Sand

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

    C1437 Test Method for Flow of Hydraulic Cement Mortar

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods


    ICS Code

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

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30111504(Mortars); 30111601(Cement)


    DOI: 10.1520/C0596-09

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