SmartRock™ can be used to monitor the temperature of fresh and hardened concrete. This can provide information on:
- Hardening of concrete
- Optimization of curing conditions
- Heating and cooling processes
- Quality control in the field
- Concrete maturity
- Estimation of strength (ASTM C1074)
- Concrete mix design optimization
- Wireless Bluetooth technology
- Ruggedized and waterproof design
- Real-time data (e.g. temperature, strength, maturity, max-min temperature) display
- Full PDF report generation
- Continuous measurement and recording of temperature
- Easy activation through tying the wires together (this can be used onsite to hold the sensor around rebar)
- Extended temperature sensor for deep elements and mass concrete
- Maturity calibration curve database
- Long battery life (about 4 months in room temperature)
- Operation software (Android and iOS apps) for smartphone and tablet
- Easy data sharing
- Extended cable for temperature measurement, within 45 cm (18") from the concrete surface
- Measurement and calculation in both metric and imperial units
- Patents pending
The temperature measurement and the estimation of concrete strength based on the maturity method are described in the following ASTM standard specifications:
- ASTM C1064, "Standard Test Method for Temperature of Freshly Mixed Hydraulic-Cement Concrete"
- ASTM C1074, "Standard Practice for Estimating Concrete Strength by the Maturity Method"
- ASTM C918, "Standard Test Method for Measuring Early-Age Compressive Strength and Projecting Later-Age Strength"
*The recommended depth for embedding the transmitter part of the sensor in concrete is 5 cm (2 inches). Within this depth, the user can communicate easily with the sensor at a distance of about 8 meters. The temperature sensor extension cable [40 cm (16") long] can then be placed anywhere within the concrete element.
|-30 to +80 °C
(-22 to +176 °F)
||6-8 meters in concrete*
||According to ASTM C1074:
First 48 hours: every 30 minutes.
After that: every 1 hour
||-30 to +80 °C (-22 to +176 °F)
|Dimensions of SmartRock™ unit
||38 x 38 x 12 mm (1.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches)
|Length of SmartRock™ temperature cable
||40 cm (16")
||SmartRock2™ sensor with 16-inch (40-cm temperature cable), Free iOS and Android application for Smartphone and Tablet, Quick user guide.
||SmartRock2™-L long-cable sensor
||SmartRock2™-L sensor with 10-feet (3-meter temperature cable), Free iOS and Android application for Smartphone and Tablet, Quick user guide.
||iOS and Android software license
How long is the battery life?
The battery life is about 4 months for data logging under room temperature.
What is the log interval for temperature?
The standard log follows this schedule:
a. First 48 hours: every 30 minutes
b. After that: every 1 hour
What is the maximum number of data that can be recorded on the SmartRock?
The device can store 800 data points in the following format:
Time | Date | Temp (C)
10:20 | 10/02/2015 | 23
Do MTO and DOTs allow this method of concrete strength measurement?
The strength estimation according to the concrete maturity method as described in the ASTM C1074 has been specified by many DOTs in the US as well as the CSA. Here is the clause from CSA:
220.127.116.11.5 In-place strength
18.104.22.168.5.1 Test procedures
Unless otherwise specified by the owner, the in-place strength shall be determined in accordance with CSA A23.2-14C, CSA A23.2-15C or ASTM C1074 for the purposes of determining:
(a) when forms shall be removed or when prestressing or post-tensioning shall be applied;
(b) when curing shall be terminated; and
(c) when re-shores shall be removed.
Can the SmartRock app be installed on BlackBerry devices?
We don't have the official app for BlackBerry systems. But, there are unofficial ways to install the Android apps on BlackBerry. You may read more here
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- Carino, N. J., “The Maturity Method,” Chapter 5 in Handbook on Nondestructive Testing of Concrete, Malhotra, V. M. and Carino, N. J., Eds., CRC Press Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 1991, pp. 101–146.
- Freiesleben Hansen, P., and Pederson, J., “Maturity Computer for Controlled Curing and Hardening of Concrete,” Nordisk Betong, 1, 1977, pp. 19–34.
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- Knudsen, T., “On Particle Size Distribution in Cement Hydration,” Proceedings, 7th International Congress on the Chemistry of Cement (Paris, 1980), Editions Septima, Vol II, I-170–175.
Average rating: 2 reviews
Jan 3, 2017
Company: Flood Testing Labs
Monitoring of the real time strength using SmartRocks has allowed us to advise airport personnel when to open a runway for use on critical 56 hour closure. Their ability to remain below the top slab elevation allows workmen to place and finish the concrete without disturbing the sensors. The software has been excellent in strength estimation.
Dec 10, 2015
Company: Bellai Construction
It is very easy to work with the SmartRock sensor. It is simple to install. The mobile app makes it convenient to see the live strength value