Putting Concrete to the Nondestructive Test
July 21, 2011
The use of the non-destructive testing methods for determining the compressive strength of high performance concrete ensures high quality. Compressive strength test results are mainly used to determine whether the concrete mixtures used meet standard specifications. Structural failures because of concrete mixes that do not have the necessary strength for the specific application can be catastrophic and may lead to loss of life. Hence it becomes extremely important for construction companies to carry out such tests prior to opening structures such as buildings for service. Non-destructive testing also has the advantage that it is quicker and far more economical than destructive testing on samples.
This application note details the use of Proceq’s SilverSchmidt BN hammer by Hyundai Engineering and Construction. The specific requirements of the customer, applications of the instrument in the customer site and the benefits to the customer are discussed below.
Hyundai Engineering & Construction is a major Korean construction company working in a wide range of activities in the construction industry including residential and industrial projects, electricity and nuclear power plants, etc. The company is headquartered in South Korea with offices in Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, the United Arab Emirate, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
Customer RequirementsThe customer needed a comprehensive solution for concrete testing and their specific requirements are listed below:
ApplicationsHyundai E & C used the SilverSchmidt BN hammer for a number of applications that include the following:
Benefits to the CustomerBenefits of the SilverSchmidt BN hammer to the customer are listed below:
Hyundai E & C have conventionally been using the Schmidt hammer for several years. They have now switched to the SilverSchmidt BN hammer and are finding it extremely beneficial. Reasons for this include: