Thermal Control Plans

Use COMMAND Center sensors to monitor temperatures according to thermal control plan requirements.

A thermal control plan is the temperature monitoring procedure that a contractor intends to follow when placing concrete in hot weather, cold weather, or for mass placements. Some specifications require development and approval of a thermal control plan prior to construction.

As part of the plan, contractors must determine the maximum allowable concrete temperature and temperature differential that will prevent concrete cracking during the heat dissipation period. In addition, the contractor must identify the type of equipment, location, and frequency of concrete temperature measurements. Plans are often specific to a particular mix design and type of project.

A temperature graph on COMMAND Center for Windows Mobile, a temperature differential graph on COMMAND Center for Windows, and a sensor list on COMMAND Center for iOS.
A temperature graph on COMMAND Center for Windows Mobile, a temperature differential graph on COMMAND Center for Windows, and a sensor list on COMMAND Center for iOS.

A project’s plan must conform to the governing agency’s requirements, but in general, temperature monitoring sensors should be placed at critical locations in the concrete such as on outer faces, on corners, and on surfaces. Sensors should monitor concrete temperatures at regular intervals for as many as several days after placement. After the concrete begins to cool and/or the temperature differential remains within the specified range for several consecutive days, temperature is usually read less frequently.

Generally, a typical thermometer or infrared laser thermometer is not sophisticated enough to measure temperatures in large concrete elements or to follow detailed thermal control plans. Some specifications or agencies will require thermocouples or maturity sensors.

COMMAND Center’s modern temperature sensors are built to track internal temperatures of large concrete elements. The sensors are embedded at various depths within the concrete and automatically measure internal concrete temperatures at predefined intervals. COMMAND Center software collects and reads this data, and then displays temperature history and temperature differential data reports.

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