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This specification covers special aggregates for use in radiation-shielding concretes in which composition or high specific gravity, or both, are of prime consideration. Aggregates covered by specification include the natural mineral aggregates of either high density or high fixed water content, or both. These include aggregates that contain or consist predominately of materials such as barite, magnetite, hematite, ilmenite, and serpentine. Also included are synthetic aggregates such as iron, steel, ferrophosphorus and boron frit or other boron compounds. Fine aggregate consisting of natural or manufactured sand including high-density minerals. Coarse aggregate may consist of crushed ore, crushed stone, or synthetic products, or combinations or mixture thereof. Aggregates shall meet the required uniformity of specific gravity and fixed water content. The materials shall also meet the required chemical composition for serpentine, limonite, goethite, barite, ilmenite, hematite, magnetite, iron, ferrophosphorus, boron frit, boron carbide, calcium carbide.
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1.1 This specification covers special aggregates for use in radiation-shielding concretes in which composition or high specific gravity, or both, are of prime consideration.
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 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 9, of this specification: 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.
C33 Specification for Concrete Aggregates
C127 Test Method for Density, Relative Density (Specific Gravity), and Absorption of Coarse Aggregate
C128 Test Method for Density, Relative Density (Specific Gravity), and Absorption of Fine Aggregate
C131 Test Method for Resistance to Degradation of Small-Size Coarse Aggregate by Abrasion and Impact in the Los Angeles Machine
C136 Test Method for Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates
C535 Test Method for Resistance to Degradation of Large-Size Coarse Aggregate by Abrasion and Impact in the Los Angeles Machine
C638 Descriptive Nomenclature of Constituents of Aggregates for Radiation-Shielding Concrete
ICS Number Code 13.280 (Radiation protection); 91.100.30 (Concrete and concrete products)
UNSPSC Code 30111500(Concrete and mortars); 30111800(Aggregates)
ASTM C637-14, Standard Specification for Aggregates for Radiation-Shielding Concrete, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.orgBack to Top