# 8 Factors Influencing the Choice of Mix Proportions

## 8 Factors Influencing the Choice of Mix Proportions

According to IS 456-2000 and IS 1343-1980, the designs of the concrete mix should be based on the following factors:

The grade designation gives characteristic compressive strength requirements of concrete. It is the major factor influencing the mix design

The concrete mix has to be designed for a target mean compressive strength which is somewhat higher than the characteristic compressive strength.

### 2. Types and Grade of Cement

The rate of development of compressive strength of concrete depends upon the type & grade of cement used. The choice of the type of cement depends upon the requirements of performance at hand.

Where very high compressive strength is required, portland cement of grade 43 and 53 will be found suitable.

### 3. Maximum Nominal Size of Aggregates

The workability and compressive strength of concrete greatly depend upon the maximum size of aggregates. The workability increases with an increase in the maximum size of aggregate.

On the other hand use of the large maximum size of aggregate, requires a smaller quantity of cement for a particular water-cement ratio. However, the smaller size aggregates provide a large surface area for bonding with the mortar matrix which increases the compressive strength.

### 4. Grading of Combined Aggregate

The grading of combined aggregate i.e, the relative proportion of the fine & coarse aggregates in a concrete mix is one of the important factors affecting the strength and workability of concrete. For dense concrete, it is essential that the coarse and fine aggregates be well grade.

### 5. Water-Cement Ratio

At a given age and under normal temperature, the compressive strength of concrete depends primarily on the water-cement ratio. Lower the water-cement ratio, greater is the compressive strength & vice-versa.

### 6. Workability

Insufficient workability of concrete may liable for incomplete compaction of concrete which ultimately affects the strength, durability & surface finish of the concrete.

### 7. Durability

The durability of concrete is its ability to resist deterioration due to weathering action, chemical attack, abrasion etc. The requirements of durability are achieved by restricting the minimum cement content & the maximum water-cement ratio.