Aggregate dilatometer device and methods of testing
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Methods and devices for improved measurement of the thermal expansion and/or chemical reactivity of aggregates used in concrete and for similar substances. Aggregate is placed into the chamber of a metallic container having an enlarged opening. The aggregate is placed in a water bath, and a tightly sealable lid is placed onto the container. The lid carries a linear variable differential transducer (LVDT). A thermocouple for sensing temperature is also retained within the lid so that a sensor on the thermocouple contacts the water bath when the lid is secured onto the container. The LVDT is operationally interconnected with a storage or recording device. In a preferred construction the lid retains a tower member having a float that is freely moveably mounted upon a guide rod. Movement of the float is indicative of a volumetric change in the aggregate and water. In operation, the dilatometer device is used to determine the information relating to the amount of expansion or contraction of the aggregate in response to thermal changes. In addition, the devices and methods of the present invention are useful for determining the degree of reactivity of the aggregate. The degree of volumetric change for the aggregate alone maybe determined using equations that isolate and remove the expansion quotient of the water.
Zollinger, Dan G.; Tang, Tianxi (2003). Aggregate dilatometer device and methods of testing. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from