Evaluation of the RapidAir 457 Air Void Analyzer, March 2012

(2012) Evaluation of the RapidAir 457 Air Void Analyzer, March 2012. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

An adequate air void system is imperative to produce concrete with freeze-thaw durability in a wet freeze environment such as found in Iowa. Specifications rely on a percentage of air obtained in the plastic state by the pressure meter. Actual, in place air contents, of some concrete pavements in Iowa, have been found with reduced air content due to a number of factors such as excessive vibration and inadequate mixing. Determining hardened air void parameters is a time consuming process involving potential for human error. The RapidAir 457 air void analyzer is an automated device used to determine hardened air void parameters. The device is used in Europe and has been shown to quickly produce accurate and repeatable hardened air results. This research investigates how well the RapidAir 457 results correlate to plastic air content and the image analysis air technique. The repeatability and operator variation were also investigated, as well as, the impact of aggregate porosity and selection of threshold value on hardened air results.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Hardened air analysis, Linear traverse, RapidAir 457, Air void parameters
Subjects: Transportation > Research
Transportation > Design and Construction
Transportation
ID Code: 13573
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2012 12:41
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2012 12:41
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/13573

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