Concreting in Hot Weather

Mixing and placing concrete at a high temperature may cause flash set in the mixer, during placing, or before finishing can be completed. Also, loss of strength can result from casting hot concrete.

In practice, most concrete is cast at about 70  20F. Research on the effects of casting temperature shows highest strengths for concrete cast at 40F and significant but practically unimportant increasing loss of strength from 40F to 90F.
For higher temperatures, the loss of strength becomes important. So does increased shrinkage. The increased shrinkage is attributable not only to the high temperature, but also to the increased water content required for a desired slump as temperature increases. See Fig. 9.5.
For ordinary building applications, concrete suppliers control temperatures of concrete by cooling the aggregates and, when necessary, by supplying part of the mixing water as crushed ice. In very hot weather, these precautions plus sectional casting, to permit escape of the heat of hydration, may be required for massive foundation mats. Retarding admixtures are also used with good effect to reduce slump loss during placing and finishing.
(‘‘Hot Weather Concreting,’’ ACI 305R; and ‘‘Standard Specifications for Structural Concrete,’’ ACI 301.)