WHAT IS STANDARD SAND USED FOR CMENT TEST?

Reference

IS: 650 – Standard sand for testing cement – specification

Standard Sand
Standard Sand

Standard Sand

Standard sand is used to assess the quality of cement, lime, pozzolana and other mineral admixture used in construction industry. Previously it was imported from U.K. Now it is available at Ennore, Madras.

Characteristics

  • Standard sand shall be of quartz material
  • Colour of the standard sand is light grey or whitish
  • It should be free from silt
  • The sand grains should be angular, but a small percentage of flaky or rounded particle is permissible

Particle Size Distribution of Standard Sand

All the particles of standard sand fall within the size range of 2 mm to 90 micron (as mentioned in the table below)

Particle Size Percentage
2 mm to 1 mm 33.33%
1 mm to 500 micron 33.33%
500 micron to 90 micron 33.33%

 

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