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Development of a Reference Material for the Calibration of Cement Paste Rheometers



Chiara F. Ferraris, Paul E. Stutzman, Zhuguo Li, Min-Hong Zhang


Rheometers are usually calibrated using a standard reference oil. On the other hand the calibration of rheometer for paste or concrete cannot be calibrated using an oil as it is a Newtonian fluid, while the rheometers are designed to measure non-Newtonian materials. A granular reference material that could simulate a Bingham fluid as cement paste was developed in this study. The mixture is a mixture of corn syrup, water and fine limestone. Later sand and coarse aggregates could be added to develop a mortar or concrete reference materials. This paper illustrates the various aspects of the development and show data obtained with various geometries of rheometers.
Journal of ASTM International


Reference material, cement paste


Ferraris, C. , Stutzman, P. , Li, Z. and Zhang, M. (2013), Development of a Reference Material for the Calibration of Cement Paste Rheometers, Journal of ASTM International, [online], (Accessed May 21, 2024)


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Created April 22, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017