Classifying Aggregates: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to construction, aggregates are an essential component. Depending on grain size, these materials can be divided into two categories: fine and coarse-grained. Fine aggregates, such as sand, are used to fill the void created when coarse-grained aggregates are combined. This type of aggregate is also used to fill sand traps on golf courses.

The strength of concrete depends largely on the selection of aggregates. To ensure the best results, construction professionals must carefully sort aggregates by color and conduct various tests to check their stability. These tests consider the shape, size, texture and other properties of the aggregate to determine its suitability for a concrete mix. At General Kinematics, we understand that proper classification of aggregates can make all the difference between success and failure.

That's why we classify them based on bulk specific gravity into three categories: lightweight, normal weight and heavy weight aggregates. Additionally, aggregates can be divided into two types depending on their source: natural and manufactured. The classification of aggregates is based on their shape, size, origin, and many other characteristics. To ensure the best results for your project, it's important to understand the different types of aggregates and how they can be used.

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