This paper shows how polycarboxylate based superplasticizer affects the initial setting time of cement paste. Three superplasticizers are used in this study with different properties and aiming to determine the delay in initial setting time due to superplasticizer. Initial setting time is calculated as per IS: 4031-PART 5-1988 with different SP dosages (0.5%, 0.75%, 1.0% and 1.5% of weight of cement). Superplasticizer is an admixture which reduces the water-cement ratio or increase the workability at the same water content. This paper deals with the evaluation of initial setting time due to superplasticizers.
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