Rebound hammer test is done to find out the compressive strength of concrete by using rebound hammer. The rebound of an elastic mass depends on the hardness of the surface against which its mass strikes. When the plunger of the rebound hammer is pressed against the surface of the concrete, the pring-controlled mass rebounds and the extent of such a rebound depends upon the surface hardness of the concrete. The surface hardness and therefore the rebound is taken to be related to the compressive strength of the concrete. The rebound value is read from a graduated scale and is designated as the rebound number or rebound index. The compressive strength can be read directly from the graph provided on the body of the hammer.
significance and use :
- To assess the in-place uniformity of concrete
- To delineate regions in a structure of poor quality or deteriorated concrete
- To estimate in-place strength if a correlation is developed