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This test method consists of two independent procedures: an oxide-analysis procedure that consists of two sub-procedures and an extraction procedure. Each procedure requires a substantial degree of chemical skill and relatively elaborate chemical instrumentation. Except for the influence of known interferences, determined cement contents are normally equal to, or slightly greater than, actual values except for the Maleic Acid procedure where results can also be significantly low when the paste is carbonated (Note 1).
Note 1—With certain limitations, the procedure is also applicable for estimating the combined content of portland cement and pozzolan or slag in concretes made with blended hydraulic cement and blends of portland cement with pozzolans or slags. The results of this test method when applied to concretes made with blended cements or pozzolans depend on the composition of the pozzolan, the age of the concrete, the extent of reaction of the pozzolan and the fact that this test method may determine only the portland-cement component of a blended cement. The test method should be applied to determination of the blended cement content or the pozzolanic content only by use of calibration concrete samples or other information. Earlier versions of this test method can provide useful information as detailed by Hime6 and Minnick.7
1.1 This test method covers the determination of portland-cement content of a sample of hardened hydraulic-cement concrete.
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information purposes only.
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. Disposal of some or all of the chemicals used in this method may require adherence to EPA or other regulatory guidelines.
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