Is Schmidt hammer test a standard test for testing concrete strength?

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The Schmidt hammer test involves hitting the in-situ concrete with a spring-driven pin at a defined energy, and then the rebound is measured.

The rebound depends on the surface hardness of the concrete and is measured by test equipment. By referring to the some conversion tables, the rebound result of the test can be used to determine the compressive strength of the concrete. Although past investigations showed that there is a general relationship between compressive strength of concrete and the rebound number, there is a wide range of disagreement among various research workers regarding the accuracy of estimation of strength from Schmidt hammer. In fact, there is about a variation of 15-20% in concrete strength measured by the method.

Schmidt hammer is in not a standard test for acceptance testing of concrete strength. It is only a test used for estimating the strength of concrete in structure and it can hardly be considered as a substitute for compressive strength test.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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  • rogelio roca jr April 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    how to calculate the reading from schmit hammer ?

  • KAZEEM June 30, 2011 at 6:55 am

    how to calculate the reading from schmit hammer test

  • madan s ambulgekar October 1, 2011 at 6:48 am

    sir, i my self also dont know how to calculate the Q value in schmit hammer test.when the strength comes below 10N/mm2, value comes in Q value. so pl. explain me. thanks.

  • herts16 November 4, 2011 at 3:16 am


    How could I get the compressive strength if the reading is 34 N/mm2? Is there any conversion? Thanks.

  • nazeef April 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    hello sir
    i dont know how to calculate the value in schmit hammer test when the strength comes below 30 N/mm2

  • justice kini January 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

    i want to know how you calculate the schmit hammer result

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