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This chapter covers in general the importance of properly making and curing concrete specimens. In this discussion, the word “making” means paying attention to all the details of mixing the concrete (in the case of laboratory-mixed concrete), specimen molds, placing, consolidation, and finishing the specimens of any kind for either field or laboratory-mixed concrete. “Curing” pertains to temperature, moisture, and time, which are the factors of the curing process of concrete governing the rate of strength gain and many other properties of concrete for which tests are made.
Consulting concrete engineer, Sacramento, Calif.