In this study, we examined method of test for setting time of concrete mixtures. Generally, the setting time of concrete mixtures is demanded by variation of penetration resistance, which is measured by manual labor for about eight hours. This measurement takes considerable effort. In late years, automatic devices to measure penetration resistance are commercially available, however the price is high. To solve these problems, we proposed a new low-effort and low-cost method: Embedded Weight Test. In the Embedded Weight Test, an embedded weight is hung with a line in the concrete mixture, and the tension of the line is measured by a data logger. The tension of the line had a variation point. The variation point is regarded as the time when the concrete mixture begins to vary from liquid to solid. As a result pf Embedded Weight Test with cement paste, the variation point of the tension was correlated with the initial setting time, which was defined by ISO 9597.Similar results were obtained when Embedded Weight Test was carried out with mortar. The variation point of the tension was correlated will help to estimate the time such as limits from mixing to the completion of placing or limit for intervals placing operations.
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