In order to have enough water to possibly enable complete hydration of the cement, approximately 20 pounds of water to every 100 pounds of cement is necessary.
How Much Water in Concrete Mix?
Concrete is a construction material composed of cement, aggregate (generally a coarse aggregate made from crushed rocks such as gravel, limestone, or granite, plus a fine aggregate such as sand), water, and chemical admixtures.
The proportions of these ingredients determine the properties of the concrete. The water content of a concrete mix has a major impact on the quality of the hardened concrete.
In general, the higher the water content, the lower the strength and durability of the concrete. The water content also affects the workability of the concrete, which is a measure of how easily the concrete can be placed, compacted, and finished.
The amount of water in a concrete mix is usually expressed as a percentage of the dry weight of the cement. For example, a concrete mix with a water content of 10 percent has 10 pounds of water for each 100 pounds of cement.
The ideal water content for a concrete mix is the lowest amount that will allow the concrete to achieve its desired workability.
The workability of concrete is a function of the water–cement ratio, aggregate size and shape, and the age of the concrete. In general, a lower water–cement ratio produces concrete that is stronger and more durable,