ForConstructionPros.com: Hot Weather Concreting – Why Monitoring Concrete Temperatures is Essential
Published on ForConstructionPros.com in June 2020.
Placing concrete in hot weather necessitates extra precautions to ensure that the concrete sets properly and gains strength at a stable rate. Hot weather accelerates early-age strength gain, which can be an advantage in construction, but temperatures that are too high could cause concrete durability problems such as delayed ettringite formation (DEF) and excessive or drying shrinkage.
Therefore, regulating the temperature of concrete during curing in hot weather is essential minimizing durability issues and ensuring adequate strength is achieved. The American Concrete Institute (ACI) specifies in ACI 305R-10 “Guide to Hot Weather Concreting” recommended maximum concrete temperatures both at delivery and during curing. These recommendations are often mirrored as requirements in job specifications.