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What Is PCC Concrete?

The term PCC refers to Plain Cement Concrete. PCC is the mixture of cement, fine aggregate(sand), and coarse aggregate without reinforcement. PCC Concrete is spread on the soil surface before concreting maid structure to avoid direct contact of reinforcement of concrete with soil and water.

Plain Cement Concrete (PPC) Laying on Construction Site
PCC Concrete

Concrete has been used for many wonderful things throughout history, either for architecture or for infrastructure work, and more. Although concrete is used as construction material nowadays. There are two terms used on any construction site RCC (Reinforced Cement concrete) and PCC Concrete (Plain Cement Concrete) work.

RCC means Reinforced Cement Concrete in which reinforcement means steel bars are used to give it tensile strength and whereas in PCC, no steel bars used it.

Before starting any RCC masonry work directly on the excavated soil, the PCC concrete is made to form a flat surface and it is avoided to keep the concrete perpendicular to the soil so that the mixture is mixed with the soil and the water removed by the PCC It can also be weakened to prevent soil.

Plain cement concrete can only be called “cement concrete (CC)” or “binding concrete“. Some people also call it “Mud Mat“.

Read More: What is RCC – Reinforced Cement Concrete


PCC Ratio

PCC concrete mix ratio is 1:5:10, which Means 1 part of cement, 5 parts of sand, and 10 parts of aggregate. PCC in construction is used to make a level bed for footing.

Ingredients of PCC In Construction

Following are main ingredients of plain cement concrete,

1. Coarse Aggregates

The coarse aggregates used in PCC should be free of hard dust, dirt and other foreign materials of granite or similar stone. The stone ballast will be 20 mm in size and smaller. All coarse material should be maintained in a 5 mm square mesh and well graded so that voids do not exceed 42%.

2. Fine Aggregates

The fine set shall consist of coarse sand, consisting of hard, sharp and angular grains and shall pass through a 5 mm square mesh screen. The sand shall be of standard specifications, clean and free from dust, dirt and organic matter. Sea sand will not be used.

3. Cement

Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC) is commonly used for plain cement concrete. It should conform to the specifications and have the required tensile and compressive stresses and fineness.

4. Water

The water used will be clean and reasonably free from harmful amounts of harmful materials such as oil, acids, alkalis, salts and vegetable growth. Generally, potable water shall be used having a pH value not less than 6. The maximum permissible limits for solids shall be as per IS 456:2000 Clause 5.4, Page No 15.


Making of PCC Concrete

Following are the process of making of plain cement concrete (PCC)

  1. Selection of Ingredients
  2. Mixing of Ingredients
  3. Transportation and Placing
  4. Compaction of concrete
  5. Finishing and Curing of concrete

Methods for Mixing of Concrete

Concrete production is the process of mixing different ingredients together – water, aggregate, cement and any additives to produce concrete. Concrete production is time sensitive.

Once the material is mixed, workers must place the concrete before it hardens. In modern usage, most concrete production occurs in a large type of industrial facility called a concrete plant, or often a batch plant.

When it comes to mixing concrete, following three mixing methods are used for the production of effective and good quality concrete.

  1. Hand Mixing of Concrete (Mixing concrete manually without a mixer machine)
  2. Machine Mixing of Concrete (Mixing concrete with a mixer machine)
  3. Ready Mix Concrete (Mixing in automatic or semi-automatic batching plant)

Different constructions require different types of concrete admixture. For efficient results, it is necessary to use the appropriate method of mixing concrete for specific use and application.

Several factors influence the method of concrete mixing, such as

  • Location of the construction site with sufficient land for construction activities e.g. highly congested urban areas
  • Available space for concrete batching and mixing and storage of aggregates
  • Volume of concrete needed
  • The construction schedule like the volume of concrete required per hour or per day
  • Height at which concrete is to be placed
  • Cost

Let’s take a detailed look into each of the above mentioned three methods of concrete mixing.

Read More: Concrete – Its Materials, Properties, Tests & Cost


1. Hand Mixing of Concrete

Hand mixing is the process of manually mixing the ingredients of concrete without the machine of the mixer. Mixing of concrete without a mixer is used only for small works where the need for concrete is less and quality control is less important. In hand mixing of concrete, the uniformity of the mixture is difficult to achieve and requires special care and efforts.

Process of Hand Mixing of Concrete

1. Hand mixing of concrete is done on a rigid, clean and non-porous base made of masonry or flat iron sheet plates.

2. The measured amount of sand is spread over the platform and then the cement is spilled over the sand.

3. In the dry state the sand and cement are mixed well several times with the help of shovels, until the mixture is mixed in full color and free from ridges.

Hand Mixing of Concrete - Plain Cement Concrete
Hand Mixing of Concrete

4. Subsequently, the measured volume of coarse aggregates is spread over the above mixture in the same layer and mixed properly.

5. Remember to use measurement boxes for batching of aggregates, that is, to determine how many aggregates are to be used. Never allow the use or use of ‘gameless’ for batching, that is, the measurement of total quality.

6. Later, the entire mixture is mixed properly such as turning from centre to edge, then towards the centre and again several times. After that, depression occurs at the centre of the composite materials. And, 75% of the required amount of water is added to the sediment and mixed with the help of shovels.

7. Finally, the remaining amount of water is added and the mixing process continues until uniform colour and consistency of concrete is achieved. The total time taken for the mixing of concrete should not exceed 3 minutes.

Precautions to be taken while shaking concrete

  • The base platform should be clean, dirt-free and water-free.
  • Use a good and clean shovel for the mixing process.
  • If there are any dirt or debris in the aggregate, wash them before use.
  • Personal protective equipment such as hand gloves, masks, etc. should be worn by laborers and masons when mixing and handling concrete.
  • The mixing platform should be cleaned at the end of the day’s work.

2. Machine Mixing of Concrete

Machine mixing is the process of mixing the components of concrete with a concrete mixer machine. It is highly effective for meeting the demands of short mixing time, optimum stability and homogeneous quality of concrete.

Concrete Mixing Machine Process:

Machine Mixing of Plain Cement Concrete
Machine Mixing of Concrete
  1. First, wet the internal surfaces of the drum of the concrete mixer.
  2. Coarse aggregates are first placed in the mixer, followed by sand and then cement.
  3. Mix the ingredients in a dry state in the mixing machine. Generally, it should be 1.5 to 3 minutes.
  4. After proper mixing of the dry material, slowly pour the right amount of water while the machine is in motion. Do not add more water than necessary. This is not appropriate as it reduces strength.
  5. After adding water, you must mix the concrete in the drum for a minimum of two minutes. If there is any separation of concrete after unloading from the mixer, remix the concrete.

Precautions of Concrete Mixing Machine

  • The concrete mixer must be wet before using the machine.
  • Keep in mind the time, speed and number of revolutions of the mixer drum as recommended by the manufacturers of the mixer machine.
  • Concrete must be used within 30 minutes after mixing and discharging by the concrete mixer.
  • If your mixture is batch type, after discharging a batch of concrete, the inner surface of the mixer drum should be thoroughly cleaned. If not, mixing of the previous batch can form a lump of hardened concrete to form a part of the subsequent batch and deteriorate the quality of the concrete.
  • If your mixture is of a continuous type, it is necessary to clean the concrete mixer after a fixed interval.
  • The interior of the concrete mixer should be carefully inspected at regular intervals to check for damage, breakage, or corrosion.

3. Ready Mix Concrete

In India, on-site production of traditional concrete with the use of manpower and primitive mixer machine equipment is commonly used. However, ready mix concrete is also gaining popularity nowadays.

Finished mixing is particularly useful in concrete congested areas or in road construction, where little or no space is available for mixing plants or for storage of aggregates. In this method, the quality control of the concrete is easy as the concrete is mixed and blended in a mechanized central batching plant.

 Ready Mix Concrete Plant -  Plain cement concrete
Ready Mix Concrete Plant

This method of mixing is very useful for many places i.e., in a congested area, at night in concreting work, large construction sites etc.

In ready-mix concrete, the water/cement ratio can be easily controlled compared to other mixing methods. It is possible to mix the mixture, ie, fly ash and cement are mixed in the exact quantity or proportion otherwise construction chemicals may be overused. These difficulties can also be avoided by the use of ready-mix concrete.

Placing of Plain Cement Concrete

The PCC can be placed directly to the desired location by a truck or truck attachment or fed into a placement machine for more precise and even placement. The PCC that is once highly transported after unloading from the transport truck will separate (become less homogeneous).

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Work Procedure of PCC Construction

  1. The PCC can be placed directly to the desired location by a truck or truck attachment, or fed into a placement machine for more precise and even placement. The PCC that is once highly transported after unloading from the transport truck will separate (become less homogeneous).
  2. Taking a specified proportional quantity, deposit sand and metal volumetric on the mixing tray. It is advisable to dump the required deposits for half a bag for better and uniform mixing.
  3. Mix half the bags at a time, with a depot proportional to the aggregates.
  4. Mix the dry depot thoroughly using a spade. Confirm that cement, sand and metal are mixed equally.
  5. Pour the required amount of water into the above mixture, to maintain the water-cement ratio and to obtain workable concrete.
  6. Using pots (mortar pans), pour concrete in place.
  7. Use claws for spreading and leveling concrete.
  8. If the depth of the pit is high, a labor should obtain concrete in the pit and put concrete in position to avoid isolation.
  9. Chut can also be used for placing concrete where the digging depth is high.
  10. The concrete that is poured can be compressed either by a steel rammer or by a vibrator, depending on the depth of the P.C.C.
  11. The edges of the shuttering should be tempered and finished with slant followed by a smooth and uniform finish with thapi.

Uses of PCC Concrete

Plain cement concrete is commonly used for foundations. However, it has other uses:

  • As concrete on the bed flooring, under the column footings and on the walls below the beam.
  • As a solid to get a hard and uniform surface on the surface of the window and ventilator.
  • To counter concrete on parapets and composite walls.
  • To flag the area around the buildings.
  • Pavement Making.
  • For making tennis courts, basketball courts etc.
  • Plinth protection
  • Storm / sewer on drains, small retaining walls.

PCC Concrete Grades

Regular grades of concrete are M15, M20, M25, etc. For PCC concrete works, generally, M15 is used. For reinforced concrete construction minimum M20 grade of concrete is used.

The concrete admixture ratio is the ratio of its components such as cement, sand, aggregate, and water. These mix ratios are defined based on the type of construction and power required.

Although IS code gives nominal and standard PCC concrete mix ratio for various construction tasks based on experience and testing.


Concrete Mixing Type

  1. Nominal concrete admixture
  2. Ready mix concrete mixture
  3. Nominal mixture

1. Nominal Concrete Admixture

Nominal concrete mixtures can be used for concrete of grades M5, M10, M15 and M20. The ratio of its components is given below:

The penalty ratio for coarse aggregates should be adjusted from the upper limit to the progressively lower limit, as the grading of the fine aggregate becomes finer and the maximum size of the coarse aggregate becomes larger. Graded coarse aggregate should be used.

2. Ready Mix Concrete Mixture

In designed concrete mixtures, the ratio of the ingredients of the concrete is determined to achieve concrete of specified properties with overall economy. Concrete is classified according to its compressive strength given in the table below: –

Read More: What is Batching of Concrete? & Types of Batching of Concrete Methods


Different Grades of Concrete

1. Normal Grade of Concrete

Concrete GradeMix RatioCompressive Strength
  MPa (N/mm2)psi
Normal Grade of Concrete
M 51: 5 : 105 MPa725 psi
M 7.51 : 4 : 8 7.5 MPa1087 psi
M 101 : 3 : 610 MPa1450 psi
M 151 : 2 : 415 MPa2175 psi
M 201 : 1.5 : 320 MPa2900 psi

Generally, M5, M10, M15 grades of concrete are used for PCC (plane cement concrete) work like leveling course, for bed footing etc.

Unit weight of plain cement concrete (PCC) is 2400 kg/m3 or 24 24 KN/m3.

Unit weight of reinforced cement concrete (RCC) is 2500 kg/m3 or 25 KN/m3.

M 20 is used for RCC (reinforced cement concrete) work such as slabs, beams, columns, footings etc. (for light exposure).

Concrete GradeMix RatioCompressive Strength
  MPa (N/mm2)psi
Normal Grade of Concrete
M 51: 5 : 105 MPa725 psi
M 7.51 : 4 : 8 7.5 MPa1087 psi
M 101 : 3 : 610 MPa1450 psi
M 151 : 2 : 415 MPa2175 psi
M 201 : 1.5 : 320 MPa2900 psi

2. Standard Grade Concrete

Concrete Grades M 25, M 30, M 35 are used for RCC (reinforced cement concrete) such as foundations, footing columns, beams, slabs etc.

M-40 grade is used for pre-stressed concrete work, slabs, beams, columns, footings etc.

M-45, M-50 grades are used for RCC, runway, concrete road (POQ) prestressed concrete girders, RCC columns, prestressed beams, etc.

M-55 grade is used for pre-stressed concrete girders and piers etc.

3.   High Strength Concrete

Concrete GradeMix RatioCompressive Strength
  MPa (N/mm2)psi
High Strength Concrete Grades
M 50Design Mix50 MPa7250 psi
M 55Design Mix55 MPa7975 psi
M 60Design Mix60 MPa8700 psi
M 65Design Mix65 MPa9425 psi
M 70Design Mix70 MPa10150 psi

M-60, M-65, M-80 are used for RCC work where high compression power is required such as high-rise buildings, long span bridges, ultra-thin white toppings and dispersal of dams, coastal Construction etc.


Do’s and Don’ts of PCC Works

Do’s

  • PCC shuttering must be of exact size and thickness
  • Water should be mixed with the bucket, in a measured volume, according to the w / c (water / cement) ratio.
  • Use slopes or extra labour to pour concrete where the depth is high.
  • Remove any loose material from the sides of the pit, so that no soil or other material falls into the pit during the concrete.
  • If the water table is high, then de-watering should be done at the same time during concreting.

Don’ts

  • Do not mix the material on bare ground.
  • Do not allow PCC without formwork.
  • Do not pour concrete without leveling and compacting.
  • Do not pour concrete into the pit from a height of more than 1.5 meters.
  • Do not allow excess cement mortar on top of the PCC. For smooth finishing.

Advantages of PCC Concrete

  • The required cover for the lower reinforcement is ensured, as the cover blocks rest on a firm PCC.
  • The effective depth of the RCC members is achieved because the formwork can be fixed easily, evenly and firmly, resulting in better dimension accuracy of the foundation RCC member.
  • Reinforcement steel bars, mounted on PCC, are never in contact with ground soil, which can be chemically active and cause steel corrosion in the immediate future.
  • Ease of steel cages and increased productivity.
  • Concrete does not bond with the soil (soil) of the ground; PCC acts as a soil barrier and is bonded to well overplayed structural grade concrete.

FAQs: Plain Cement Concrete

Plain Cement Concrete?

The term PCC refers to Plain Cement Concrete. A mixture of cement, fine aggregate (sand) and coarse aggregate without reinforcement. PCC concrete used to provide firm base on soil before laying main structure elements of building.

Where is plain cement concrete used?

As concrete on the bed flooring, under the column footings and on the walls below the beam.
As a solid to get a hard and uniform surface on the surface of the window and ventilator.
To counter concrete on parapets and composite walls.
To flag the area around the buildings.
Pavement Making.
For making tennis courts, basketball courts etc.
Plinth protection
Storm / sewer on drains, small retaining walls.

What is difference between PCC and RCC?

There are two terms used on any construction site RCC (Reinforced Cement concrete) and PCC (Plain Cement Concrete) work. RCC means reinforced cement concrete in which reinforcement means steel bars are used to give it tensile strength and whereas in PCC, no steel bars used it.

Why plain cement concrete is required?

Plain Cement Concrete (PCC) is required to provide firm and level surface for important structural components like footing and foundation.

PCC In construction

PCC full form is plain cement concrete. It is a mixture of cement, sand, aggregate and water without reinforcement. PCC Concrete is spread on the soil surface before concreting maid structure to avoid direct contact of reinforcement of concrete with soil and water.

What Is PCC In Civil Engineering

PCC full form is plain cement concrete. It is a mixture of cement, sand, aggregate and water without reinforcement. PCC Concrete is spread on the soil surface before concreting maid structure to avoid direct contact of reinforcement of concrete with soil and water.

PCC cement

PCC cement is used to make Plain cement concrete. It is mixture of cement, sand and aggregate without steel. The minimum grade of PCC concrete is M 10.

PCC Grade

Generally, M5, M10, M15 grades of concrete are used for PCC (plane cement concrete) work like leveling course, for bed footing etc.

Minimum Grade of Concrete for PCC

For PCC work, minimum concrete grade used is M 10.

Full Form of PCC

PCC full form is plain cement concrete. Concrete grades M5, M10, M15 are used for PCC (plain cement concrete) work like leveling course, for bed footing etc.

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