Journal Published Online: 01 July 1986
Volume 8, Issue 1

A New Statistical Method for Prediction of Concrete Strength from In-Place Tests



A method is presented for determining the functional relationship (correlation curve) between an in-place parameter and the compressive strength of concrete, based on laboratory-conducted tests. The method accounts for the error in both X (in-place) and Y (compressive strength). A statistical procedure is developed for predicting the characteristic strength of concrete in the field, which accounts for the variability of the field-conducted in-place tests, the difference between the coefficients of variation associated with the in-place parameter and the compressive strength, and the error in the laboratory-derived correlation curve. It is concluded that a normal or lognormal distribution can be assumed for the compressive and in-place strength of concrete when fitting the correlation curve, but for prediction of the characteristic strength in the field the lognormal assumption is necessary unless the associated coefficient of variation is less than 15%.

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Stone, WC
National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD
Reeve, CP
National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD
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Stock #: CCA10048J
ISSN: 0149-6123
DOI: 10.1520/CCA10048J