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This report studied the comparative analysis of concrete made with two different type of aggregate. The utilization of two different types of coarse aggregate was investigated by testing and comparing their compressive strength. Normal concrete can be produced from different aggregate and it impart different properties to the resulting concrete. The most important property of a concrete is its compressive strength. For the purpose of this work, the two type of coarse aggregate are, local gravel and granite. The fine aggregate is normal sand bought from a local distributor.

Preliminary laboratory investigation was conducted to ascertain the suitability of using the aggregate for construction work. The tests conducted include the sieve test, cement test and slum. Mix ratio of 1:2:4, 1:3:6 and 1:5:7 were adopted for this work and the mix composition was calculated using the absolute weight method. For each type of coarse aggregate, 39cubes of 150mm×150mm were cast to allow the compressive strength to be monitored at 3, 7, 14 and 28 days. The test result shows that concrete proved to have the highest compressive strength with mix ratio 1:2:4 followed by 1:3:6 then 1:5:7. The report also shows that concrete made with granite was stronger with average compressive strength of 27.3 on curing for 28 days compared to gravel 24.1   having cured for the same amount of days. However, the report reveals that it’s not advisable to use mix ratio 1:5:7 for structural elements as it produced a very low compressive strength of 13.7 for granite and 13.2  for gravel.


Certification                                                                                                                 I

Dedication                                                                                                                   II

Acknowledgement                                                                                                       III

Abstract                                                                                                                       IV

Table of content                                                                                                          V

List of tables                                                                                                                VII

List of figures                                                                                                              VIII


  • INTRODUCTION                                                                         1

1.1       Preambles                                                                                                        1

1.2       Aims and objectives                                                                                        2

1.3       Scope of study                                                                                                            3

1.4       Purpose ofcomparing compressive strength of concrete                                 3

2.0        LITERATURE REVIEW                                                                                 4

2.1      Introduction                                                                                                      4

2.2   Concrete constituent materials                                                               6

2.2.1    Coarse aggregates8

2.2.2    Alternative constituent materials in concrete                                                  9

2.3       Comparison between natural aggregates                                                        10

2.3.1      Shape and surface texture                                                                             11

2.3.2    Particle size distribution                                                                                  12

2.3.3      Aggregate porosity                                                                                       13

2.3.4   Water absorption                                                                                              14

2.3.5     Particle density and bulk density                                                                   16

2.3.6     Compressive strength                                                                         17

2.3.7    Durability                                                                                                        17

3.0         TEST ON MATERIALS AND METHOD                                                  20

3.1       Sieve analysis                                                                                                  20

3.1.1    Apparatus used for sieve analysis                                                                   20

3.1.2      Test procedure                                                                                              21

3.2         Cement test                                                                                                   22

3.2.1    Standard consistency                                                                                      22

3.2.2      Setting time measurement                                                                             23

3.3         Concrete mix                                                                                                 24

3.3.1      Apparatus used for preparation of concrete mix                                          24

3.3.2       Test procedure for the preparation of concrete mix                                     25

3.4       Slump test                                                                                                       26

3.4.1       Apparatus used to perform the slump test                                                   27

3.4.2       Test procedure used to perform the slump test                                             28

3.5         Casting of specimen                                                                                      28

3.5.1      Precautions taken during the casting of specimen                                        30

3.5.2      Identification of cubes                                                                                  30

3.5.3      Demoulding the test cubes                                                                           31

3.6         Curing                                                                                                           31

3.6.1       Method of curing specimen                                                                         32

3.7          Test on hardened concrete cube                                                                  33

3.7.1        Destructive test                                                                                           33

3.7.2    Compressive strength test                                                                               33

4.0       RESULT AND ANALYSIS                                                                         35

4.1           Sieve analysis                                                                                              35

4.1.1        Report of the sieve analysis                                                                        36

4.2           Cement test                                                                                                 36

4.2.1        Result of standard consistency of cement                                                  36

4.2.2    Setting time measurement                                                                               37

4.3       Quantity of material for concrete cube                                                           37

4.3.1    Estimation for batching                                                                                  37

4.4       Compressive test result                                                                                   39

  • Graph for comparing the compressive strength of gravel and granite 44

4.4.2    Result and discussion                                                                                     46

5.0           CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS                                     46

5.1            Conclusion                                                                                                 48

5.2            Recommendations                                                                                     49




2.1       Porosity of some common rock                                                                      14

4.1       Sieve analysis result for fine aggregate (Sand)                                               35

4.2       Sieve analysis result for coarse aggregate (Granite)                                       35

4.3       Result of standard consistency test of cement                                               36

4.3.1    Result of the setting time measurement                                                          37

4.4       Quantity of concrete cube casted                                                                   37

4.4.1    Quantity of constituent used for mix ratio 1:2:4                                            38

4.4.2    Quantity of constituent used for mix ratio 1:3:6                                            39

4.4.3    Quantity of constituent used for mix ratio 1:5:7                                            39

4.5       Compressive test result for Gravel (1:2:4) 3rd day                                          40

4.5.1    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:2:4) 7th day                                          40

4.5.2    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:2:4) 14th day                                        40

4.5.3    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:2:4) 28th day                                        40

4.5.4    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:3:6) 3rd day                                          40

4.5.5    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:3:6) 7th day                                          41

4.5.6    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:3:6) 14th day                                        41

4.5.7    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:3:6) 28th day                                        41

4.5.8    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:5:7) 3rd day                                          41

4.5.9    Compressive test result for Gravel (1:5:7) 7th day                                          41

4.5.10  Compressive test result for Gravel (1:5:7) 14th day                                        42

4.5.11  Compressive test result for Gravel (1:5:7) 28th day                                        42

4.6       Compressive test result for Granite (1:2:4) 3rd day                                         42

4.6.1    Compressive test result for Granite (1:2:4) 7th day                                         42

4.6.2    Compressive test result for Granite (1:2:4) 14th day                                       42

4.6.3    Compressive test result for Granite (1:2:4) 28th day                                       43

4.6.4    Compressive test result for Granite (1:3:6) 3rd day                                         43

4.6.5    Compressive test result for Granite l (1:3:6) 7th day                                       43

4.6.6    Compressive test result for Granite (1:3:6) 14th day                                       43

4.6.7    Compressive test result for Granite (1:3:6) 28th day                                       43

4.6.8    Compressive test result for Granite (1:5:7) 3rd day                                         44

4.6.9    Compressive test result for Granite (1:5:7) 7th day                                         44

4.6.10  Compressive test result for Granite (1:5:7) 14th day                                       44

4.6.11  Compressive test result for Granite (1:5:7) 28th day                                       44


3.1       Sieve analysis apparatus                                                                                  21

3.2       Apparatus used for mixing concrete                                                               25

3.3       Concrete mixing process                                                                                 26

3.4       Slump test process                                                                                          27

3.5       Wooden mould used for casting                                                                     29

3.6       The curing process                                                                                          32

3.7       Compressive strength test                                                                               34

4.1       Graph of compressive strength against age of curing with mix ratio 1:2:4    45

4.2       Graph of compressive strength against age of curing with mix ratio 1:3:6    45

4.3       Graph of compressive strength against age of curing with mix ratio 1:5:7    46





Concrete is the most widely used building material. It is very versatile, has desirable engineering properties, can be molded into any shape, and more importantly is produced with cost effective materials. The knowledge of concrete’s controlled production, maintenance, testing and repair is vital for a discerning designer to ensure its optimal use. In the words of J.W. Kelly, concrete is used to support, to enclose, to surface and to fill. The large number of failure of structures has underlined the need for a better understanding of the behavior of concrete, this in turn warrants the need to have sound knowledge of the selection of materials, mix proportioning, and quality control methods.

However, this project is intended to present the theoretical and practical information in the field of the comparative analysis of the strength of concrete made from local gravel and or granite. It is obligated to help students, professional engineers and those that found pleasure in designing and construction industry. The knowledge helps to gain a broader understanding of aggregate (local gravel and granite) as a construction material for concrete. It also explains the fundamental concept of concrete construction in a simple language and covers the aspect of material science, mix proportioning and construction. It combines sound theory with practical example based on empirical observation from the laboratory experience.

Due to the high cost of different aggregate in the market, the comparative strength of concrete made from different aggregate gives the knowledge of using them in concrete construction. However, the aim of this project is to compare the strength of concrete produced by local gravel and granite to see if there is any way these coarse aggregate can be interchanged during construction especially when there is shortage of any of the material. The knowledge of the comparative strength of different aggregate can help in designing and also reduce the cost of an entire project.


The aims of the report are as follow:

  • To determine the grade of material using sieve analysis and relating various fractions by plotting their graph.
  • To perform the cement test
  • To prepare a uniform concrete mix.
  • To perform the slump test.
  • To perform casting of concrete cube 150mm 150mm
  • To perform curing of the cubes
  • To perform the compressive test.

The objectives of the report are as follow:

  • To perform comparison of compressive strength of concrete made with local gravel and that made with granite.
  • To perform analysis of the compressive strength/age relation of the concrete.


The services provided in fulfilling this project include:

  • Research study from lecturer and building contractors.
  • Online and topic study on compressive strengths of concrete.
  • Analysis and planning of activities for the smooth execution of the project.
  • Purchasing of the aggregates, cement and other materials.
  • Collective effort in preparation and execution of the various tests.
  • Formal presentation of the report findings.


The primary focus of this report was to document results obtained from laboratory test for the compressive strength of concrete with coarse aggregate of local gravel and granite. The report will create a basis for comparing which of the two coarse aggregate is suitable for which work and if one of them can be interchanged for one another in construction works in case of shortage of material or management of resources without compromising the set standard. The best method to determine the compressive strength of concrete is to perform the compressive test using the compressive machine to crush and record the maximum load and unusual feature in the type of failure that occurs.


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