The Application of X-Ray Fluorescence to Assess Proportions of Fresh Concrete
Any transportation infrastructure system is concerned with durability and performance issues. The proportioning and uniformity control of concrete mixtures are critical factors that directly affect the longevity and performance of concrete pavements. Currently, the only means available to monitor mix proportions of any batch are to track batch tickets created at the batch plant. This does not take into account potential errors in loading materials into storage silos, calibration errors, and addition of water after dispatch. Therefore, there is a need for a rapid, cost-effective, and reliable field test that estimates the proportions of as delivered concrete mixtures. In addition, performance based specifications will be more easily implemented if there were a way to readily demonstrate whether any given batch is similar to the proportions already accepted based on laboratory performance testing. This paper describes a preliminary investigation into the potential use of a portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique to assess the proportions of concrete mixtures as they are delivered. Tests were conducted on the raw materials, paste and mortar samples using a portable XRF device. There is a reasonable correlation between the actual and calculated mix proportions of the paste samples, but data on mortar samples was less reliable.
This paper is from 10th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (2012), Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, July 8-12. p. 1036-1049. Posted with permission.