ASTM develops standard to improve durability of concrete

ASTM International has launched a test method aimed at improving and standardising the way that resistance of concrete to electrical current flow helps assess its durability

Developed by ASTM’s concrete and concrete aggregates committee, the test method (C1876-19) is expected to assess a concrete’s ability to resist the penetration of fluids, which helps to determine concrete structure durability.

Douglas Hooton, ASTM member, says saturated specimens of hardened concrete are tested to see how well they resist electrical currents. Concrete’s ability to resist aggressive fluids, and its resistance to electric currents, depend on its pore size and porosity, two factors that help determine its durability. (Exposure to water, salt water, and other fluids break down concrete or embedded steel reinforcement over time.)

“Various forms of this test method are already used in the United States and globally, but differences in sample conditioning and testing details cause different results. Therefore, having this standard will help users obtain reproducible results,” Hooton adds.

He explains the committee welcomes participation as they will next address potential changes to allow for alternate versions to verification procedures as well as further development of an appendix (for calculating a formation factor).

Become a member at The next meeting of the ASTM International committee on concrete and concrete aggregates is 8-11 Dec at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Texas.



(Visited 258 times, 8 visits today)

Get involved


As a member of this site you will be able to receive aggregates news relating only to those categories that are most relevant to you, submit job listings for FREE, post questions in the Q&A, and more.

Register Now

Feature your company

The Feature Your Company listing is your custom-made (by us) profile page that allows you to add any of the following content: text, videos, links, images. The page will also be listed on the Featured Company landing page. Over 560 unique aggregates users visit the site per day! Complete the enquiry form now to contact us.

Contact us


Are you looking for an aggregate related job? Click here to see our jobs listing supplied by industry experts United Employment.

See Jobs


Reach thousands of budget holders and decision makers by promoting your company on the longest established aggregate website in the US & Canada. Or advertise in our emails which are sent to opted-in subscribers according to their chosen categories. All advertising will display correctly on tablets and mobiles as this site is responsive.