Properties of Concrete – Module 27303-13

Properties of Concrete – Module 27303-13


Module 27303-14 describes the properties, characteristics, and uses of cement, aggregates, and other materials that, when mixed together, form different types of concrete. The text covers procedures for estimating concrete volume and for testing freshly mixed concrete as well as methods and materials for curing concrete.

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Learning Objective 1 – Identify various concrete ingredients and describe their purpose in a concrete mixture.

  • Explain how portland cement affects a concrete mixture and list the types of portland cement.
  • Describe the characteristics of aggregate used in a concrete mixture.
  • List the characteristics of water used in a concrete mixture.
  • List types of concrete admixtures and describe how they affect a concrete mixture.

Learning Objective 2 – Identify proper concrete mixture measurements and curing methods.

  • Describe normal concrete-mix proportions and measurements.
  • List special types of concrete.
  • Describe the properties of air-entrained concrete.
  • Describe how concrete is cured.

Learning Objective 3 – Describe the methods for testing concrete.

  • Describe the proper procedure for sampling concrete.
  • Explain the purpose of a slump test.
  • Describe how a concrete compression test is performed.

Learning Objective 4 – Calculate concrete volume for rectangular or circular structures.

  • Calculate rectangular volume.
  • Calculate circular volume.

Performance Tasks

Performance Task 1 (Learning Objective 3) – Perform a concrete slump test or create a concrete test cylinder.

Performance Task 2 (Learning Objective 4) – Calculate concrete volume requirements using formulas, concrete tables, and/or concrete calculators, as applicable.


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