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Cement: Le-chatelier Method

Cement: Le-chatelier Method
The apparatus is shown in Fig. 30. The mould is placed on a glass sheet and is filled with neat cement paste formed by gauging 100 g cement with 0.78 times the water required to give a paste of standard consistency.


Le-chatelier Method:

The apparatus is shown in Fig. 30. The mould is placed on a glass sheet and is filled with neat cement paste formed by gauging 100 g cement with 0.78 times the water required to give a paste of standard consistency. The mould is covered with a glass sheet and a small weight is placed on the covering glass sheet. The mould is then submerged in the water at temperature of 27 o -32 o C. After 24 hours, the mould is taken out and the distance separating the indicator points is measured. The mould is again submerged in water. The water is now boiled for 3 hours. The mould is removed from water and is cooled down. The distance between the indicator points is measured again. The difference between the two measurements represents the unsoundness of cement.

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