What is the significance of Flakiness Index and Elongation Index?

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Flakiness Index is the percentage by weight of particles in it, whose least dimension (i.e. thickness) is less than three-fifths of its mean dimension. Elongation Index is the percentage by weight of particles in it, whose largest dimension (i.e. length) is greater than one and four-fifths times its mean dimension.

Flaky and elongated particles may have adverse effects on concrete and bituminous mix. For instance, flaky and elongated particles tend to lower the workability of concrete mix which may impair the long-term durability. For bituminous mix, flaky particles are liable to break up and disintegrate during the pavement rolling process.

This question is taken from book named – A Closer Look at Prevailing Civil Engineering Practice – What, Why and How by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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