# Water to Cement Ratio

## Water to cement ratio in concrete

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Water-cement ratio is the ratio of weight of water to the weight of cement used in a concrete mix and can be expressed as

*r = w _{h20} / w_{c} *

* = 8.33 q _{H20} / w_{c} (1)*

*where *

*r = water to cement ratio*

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w_{h20 }= weight of water (lbs)*

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w_{c }= weight of cement (lbs)*

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q_{H20 }= volume of water (US gallon)*

### Example - Water to Cement Ratio

A batch of 2 cubic yard - ya - concrete has 45 gallons of water and 900 lbs of cement. The water to cement ratio can be calculated as

*r = **8.33 (45 gallons) / (900 lbs)*

* = 0.42 *

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