These test methods determine the time of setting of hydraulic cement by means of the Vicat needle. Two test methods are given; Method A is the Reference Test Method using the manually operated standard Vicat apparatus, while Method B permits the use of an automatic Vicat machine that has, in accordance with the qualification requirements of this method, demonstrated acceptable performance
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Warning: Fresh hydraulic cementitious mixtures are caustic and may cause chemical burns to skin and tissue upon prolonged exposure.2
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NOTE 1—For the method for determining the time of setting by Gillmore needles, see Test Method C266.
2 Section on Safety, Manual of Cement Testing, Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Vol 04.01.
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