A crushing schedule should be agreed in advance between the contractor and the appointed lab. The selection of a crushing schedule is the responsibility of the contractor, and this decision can be based on several factors, including:
- Application - certain applications will require understanding of the early strength gain of the concrete (eg. strength gain at <24 hours) whereas other applications will not.
- Mix type - Strength gain of the mix (eg. some high-performance mixes need crushes at <24 hours to characterise their initial strength gain)
- Lab availability - availability and opening hours of the lab (eg. some labs are not open on Sundays, so certain crushes can be removed from the schedule to accommodate this)
Example schedules can be found in the following articles, and crushes can be added or removed at the discretion of the contractor.