Effect of Impurities in Water on Properties of Concrete
The impurities in water used for the preparation of concrete may affect the properties of concrete in the following way:
a) The strength & durability of concrete may be reduced due to the presence of impurities in the mixing water. Experiments show that water containing an excessive amount of dissolved salts reduces compressive strength by 10 to 30% of that obtained using potable water.
b) The setting time of cement may be changed. The presence of Zinc chlorides retards the setting of concrete to such an extent that no strength test is possible at 2 and 3 days. On the other hand, the presence of calcium chloride accelerates setting and hardening.
c) The presence of excessive chlorides causes dampness, and surface efflorescence & increases the corrosion of reinforcing steel.
d) The presence of algae in water reduces the bond between aggregate & comet paste & thus lowering the strength of concrete.
e) Presence of sugar up to 0.15% by weight of cement retard the setting of cement and the early strength may be reduced. When the quantity of sugar increases to 0.2% by the weight of cement, the setting is accelerated.
f) Mineral oils not mixed with animal or vegetable oils have no adverse effect on the strength of concrete. However, the presence of vegetable oils has a detrimental effect on the strength of concrete, particularly at later ages.
Common Impurities in Water & their Permissible Limits as per I.S Code
|Name of Impurities||Permissible Limits|
|2. Inorganic matter||200 mg/lit|
|3. Sulfates ( as SO2 )||3000 mg/lit|
|4. Chlorides (as Cl)|
a) For plain concrete
b) For R. C. C.
|5. Suspended matter|| 2000 mg/lit |
|5.Suspended matter||2000 mg/lit|