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Properties of Concrete, Fifth Edition by A. M. Neville

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Chapter 14. Selection of concrete mix proportions (mix design)

It can be said that the properties of concrete are studied primarily for the purpose of selection of appropriate mix ingredients, and it is in this light that the various properties of concrete will be considered in this chapter.

In the British usage, the selection of the mix ingredients and their proportions is referred to as mix design. This term, although common, has the disadvantage of implying that the selection is a part of the structural design process. This is not correct because the structural design is concerned with the required performance of concrete, and not with the detailed proportioning of materials that will ensure that performance. The American term mixture proportioning ...

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