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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.