Concrete Construction Materials

Concrete construction materials refer to a series of widely-used concrete structural materials in construction field. Featured as the advantages of high strength, durability and environmental adaptability, they have been irreplaceable building materials.

concrete construction materials

These materials are uaually made up by some similiar principal ingredients, including cement, fine aggregate (such as sand), coarse aggregate ( stone, gravel, crushed stone and so on), as well as water and admixtures (chemical and mineral), etc. Different qualities, ratios, types, even mixed methods of these ingredients will fiinally determine the different characteristics of concrete mixtrues.

How Many Types Of Concrete Materials

First of all, let’s get to know these concrete materials in construction field. According to different classification standards, there are many types of concrete materials.

According to Volume Weight
  • High Density Concrete (Density>2600kg/m³)
  • Ordinary Concrete (Density>1900~2500kg/m³)
  • Lightweight Concrete (Density>500~1900kg/m³)
  • Porous Concrete (Density>300-1200kg/m³)
Depending on different Composition Materials
  • Fiber Reinforced Concrete
  • Polymer Concrete
  • Silicate Concrete
  • Lightweight Aggregate Concrete
  • AE Concrete (including aerated concrete)
By Applications and Characteristics
  • Impermeable Concrete
  • Waterproof Concrete
  • Winter-pouring Concrete
  • Summer-pouring Concrete
  • Mass Concrete
  • Expansive Concrete
  • Radiation Resistant Concrete
  • Heat Resistant and Fire-resistant Concrete
  • Acid and Alkali Resistant Concrete
By Production and Construction Methods
  • Ready-mixed Concrete
  • Pressure Grouting Concrete
  • Prestressed Concrete
  • Precast Concrete
  • Aerated Concrete
  • Hot Mix Concrete
  • Pumped Concrete
  • Shotcrete
  • Paving Concrete
  • Roller Compacted Concrete

How Many Models of Concrete Materials

For the convenience of application, so many concrete materials are named based on different compressive strengths. Concrete mixtures are typically represented by a combination of letters and numbers. The numbers in concrete represent the compressive strength of the material. For example, C30 concrete refers to concrete with a compressive strength of 30MPa. It indicates the maximum compressive strength that the concrete can withstand when subjected to specified curing time and conditions. The strength grade of concrete is determined based on its compressive strength, ranging from C10 to C12o. Common strength grades of concrete include C15, C20, C25, C30, C35, and so on.

Applications of Concrete Construction Materials

Concrete mixtures with different strength grades are applied in different construction areas. The specification is as follows:

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C10~C15Cushion layers, foundations, floors, and structures with low stress.
C20~C25Ordinary reinforced concrete structures such as beams, slabs, columns, stairs, roof trusses, etc.
C25-C30Large-span structures, structures with high durability requirements, and prefabricated components.
C40~C45Prestressed reinforced concrete components, crane beams, and special structures.
C50-C60High-rise buildings with floors ranging from 30 to 60.
C60~C80High-rise buildings, using high-performance concrete.
C80~C120Ultra high strength concrete is used in high-rise buildings.

There are also other performance criteria and characteristics of concrete, such as workability, water-cement ratio, and aggregate size, which are typically described separately and may not be represented by numbers.

Conveying Methods Of Concrete Construction Materials

With various concrete materials that meet the construction requirements, the next step is how to transport them to the construction place. In order to complete construction quickly and efficiently, various types of concrete conveying equipment have emerged in the field of modern construction machinery.

In addition to the concrete mixer truck that we are all familiar with, there are also various pumping, spraying and other equipment, like concrete trailer pump, concrete mixer pump, concrete boom truck as well as spraying concrete pump, etc. Concrete mixer trucks are suitable for long-distance concrete transportation, while pumping equipment is more commonly used for concrete mixing and transportation at construction sites.

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Composition And Function Of Concrete Construction Materials

Common concrete construction materials, as the above mentioned, are cement, fine aggregate, coarse aggregate, water and additive.


Cement, added into water, will become a liquid bonding agent. It can securel wrap and solidify aggregates into various shapes, giving them high strength, stability and durability to meet various needs in construction.

Actually, there are many different models in cement products suitable for different concrete applications.

Portland Cement

Portland Fly-ash Cement

Cement TypesModelsApplications
Portland CementPI42.5, PI52.5, PI62.5Mainly used in projects with high solidification strength requirement
Ordinary Portland CementPO32.5, PO425, PO52.5Mainly used in ordinary dry environment, and preferred in colder regions
Portland Slag CementPS32.5, PS452.5, PS52.5Superior in high humidity environments, especially in underwater projects sites where cannot be replaced by other types of cement.
Pozzolana CementPP32.5, PP42.5, PP52.5Used in ordinary environments, strictly prohibited in dry and cold sites.
Portland Fly-ash CementPF32.5, PF42.5, PF52.5Same as the Pozzolana Cement

Fine Aggregate

Fine aggregate plays a role of filling material in concrete mixture, including river sand, mountain sand and sea sand. So, the reasonable use of fine aggregates in concrete mixture, including the selection of types and determination of proportions, is an important prerequisite for the stability of concrete structures.

fine aggregate of concrete material

The influence of the proportion of fine aggregate on the performance of concrete mixture:

  • The ratio of fine aggregate affects the strength and crack resistance of concrete materials.
  • The proportion affects the pore structure and volume shrinkage rate of concrete.
  • The fine aggregate ratio in concrete mixture affects the construction process.

Coarse Aggregate

Coarse aggregate is the skeleton of concrete mixture. It takes the largest volume in concrete mixtures, usually accounting for 40% of the total volume. It plays a role in improving the volume stability of concrete throughout the entire concrete mixture.

coarse aggregate of concrete mixture

Therefore, the proportion of coarse aggregate also has an important impact on the performance of concrete. These impacts are mainly manifested in:

With the use of coarse aggregate, the material porosity decreases. While maintaining the same amount of cementitious material and additional materials, the water consumption decreases and the concrete strength increases accordingly.

In this way, not only the strength of concrete, but also its workability, impermeability, and frost resistance can be improved.

Water In Concrete Mixture

The main roles water plays in concrete mixture are dissolving cement and adjusting the viscosity of concrete mixture.

water of concrete construction materials
water in concrete mixture
  • Dissolving Cement

In the process of mixing concrete materials, powdered cement cannot be directly bonded to aggregates and other materials, and must be transformed into a cementitious material through hydration reaction. Water is a catalyst for the transformation of cement from a powdered solid to a colloidal substance.

  • Adjusting Viscosity

An appropriate amount of water is a necessary condition for concrete performance. The lower the water cement ratio with the same strength grade, the greater the bonding force with the aggregate, and the higher the strength of the concrete.

It can be seen that the proportion of water has a significant impact on the performance of concrete, mainly manifested in;

  1. Strength of Concrete
    In actual construction, adding more water is easy to mix, but excessive water content leads to a higher water cement ratio than the usual value (0.30-0.70). This will cause the water content in the solidified concrete to be too high. When the water evaporates, there will be pores remaining in the solid concrete. It will reduce the strength of the concrete.
  2. Cohesiveness and flowability of concrete
    Excessive water can make the concrete too thin, have poor cohesion, increase fluidity and slump, and affect the quality of the concrete. However, too little water can also make the concrete too dry, agglomerate, and have a low slump, which is not conducive to pouring and compacting.


In order to meet different needs of concrete raw materials, engineers have designed various admixtures. Different concrete admixtures can cause different changes in the performance of concrete.

  • Some admixtures can improve the rheological properties of concrete mixtures, such as water reducing agents, air entraining agents, pumping agents, etc.
  • Some to adjust setting and hardening properties of concrete materials, such as retarders, accelerators, early strength agents, etc.
  • Some can adjust air content of concrete mixture, such as air entraining agents, air entraining agents, etc.
  • There are also admixtures suitable for improving the durability of concrete, such as waterproofing agents, rust inhibitors, air entraining agents, etc.
  • There are also some admixtures that can provide special properties for concrete, such as antifreeze, expansion agents, colorants, etc.
admixture of concrete construction materials
additive of concrete construction materials

The ingredients of these raw materials will be thoroughly mixed according to different proportions, ultimately forming concrete construction materials with different strength grades to meet the needs of different projects.

For example, the ratio of C20 concrete is: 75 kilograms of water, 343 kilograms of cement, 621 kilograms of sand, and 1261 kilograms of stones. So the mix ratio of C20 is 0.51:1:1.81:3.68.

The ratio of C25 concrete is 175 kg of water, 398 kg of cement, 566 kg of sand, and 1261 kg of stones. So the mix ratio of C25 is 0.44:1:1.42:3.17.

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