Standard Historical Last Updated: Sep 08, 2014
ASTM C1621/C1621M-09b

Standard Test Method for Passing Ability of Self-Consolidating Concrete by J-Ring

Significance and Use

This test method provides a procedure to determine the passing ability of self-consolidating concrete. This test method is applicable for laboratory use in comparing the passing ability of different concrete mixtures. It is also applicable in the field as a quality control test.

The difference between the slump flow and J-Ring flow is an indication of the passing ability of the concrete. A difference less than 25 mm [1 in.] indicates good passing ability and a difference greater than 50 mm [2 in.] indicates poor passing ability. The orientation of the mold for the J-Ring test and for the slump flow test without the J-Ring shall be the same.

This test method is limited to self-consolidating concrete with nominal maximum size of aggregate of up to 25 mm [1 in.].


1.1 This test method covers determination of the passing ability of self-consolidating concrete by using the J-Ring in combination with a mold.

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 The text of this standard references notes and footnotes that provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the standard.

1.4 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. )

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.02
Developed by Subcommittee: C09.47
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/C1621_C1621M-09B
ICS Code: 91.100.30