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In “High strength concrete” in buildings, 56 or 91-day compression test results are sometimes adopted instead of 28-day compression test results. Why?

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In normal concrete structures, 28-day test results are often adopted. However, in the construction of high-rise buildings using “High strength concrete”, compressive strengths based on 56 or 91-day compression test results are commonly used instead.


Since the process of construction of high-rise buildings involves the construction of lower levels firstly in which they are not loaded for a period of a year and more. Substantial material savings shall be resulted from using 56 or 91-day compression test results. Moreover, with later ages of test results used, other cementing materials can be incorporated into the concrete mixture which improves the durability of concrete in terms of heat generation in hydration and other aspects.

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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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