Difference Between 33, 43 and 53 Grade Cement
Ordinary Portland cement has 3 grades that are 33grade, 43grade, 53grade. As per the Bureau of Indian Standard, these grades are differentiated by their compressive strengths and these strengths are expressed in megapascal (Mpa) that is N/mm^{2}. Compressive strength is a ratio of load per unit area. The load is calculated in newton (N) and the area is calculated in mm^{2}. Difference between 33, 43 and 53grade cement are as follows:1. IS Codes
 For 33grade IS 269 is used.
 For 43grade IS 8112 is used
 For 53grade IS 12269 is used
2. Compressive Strength
For calculation of compressive strength cement sand and water are mixed together vibrated and cured and cubes are made. These cubes are tested in the laboratory at 27°C after 3 days, 7 days and 28 days. Cement grade indicates the compressive strength of cement concrete after 28 days of setting.
S.No.

Grade of Cement

Compressive Strength in 3 days (N/mm^{2})

Compressive Strength in 7 days (N/mm^{2})

Compressive Strength in 28 days (N/mm^{2})

1.

33grade

16

23

27

2.

43grade

22

33

37

3.

53grade

33

43

53

3. Initial Strength
Here you can see the initial strength of 53grade cement is higher than 33grde or 43grade cement. The strength of 53 grade does not increase much after 28 days because of early strength gain, while 33 grade and 43grade cement continues to gain strength after 28 days. With time 33 and 43 grade cement will attain the same ultimate strength as that of 53grade cement.4. Heat of Hydration
 During initial setting 53grade cement releases heat of hydration at a much faster rate as compared to 33 and 43grade cement. Therefore, the chances of microcracking are much greater these microcracks may not be visible on the surface. Many times at site supervisors or masons increase the quantity of cement in the mix. They think that it will increase the strength and durability of concrete. But it creates microcracks in the concrete. Hence 53 grade cement should be used only where such applications warranted for making concrete of higher strength, where good supervision and quality assurance measures are in place and where proper precautions are taken to reduce the higher heat of hydration through a proper curing process.
 43grade cement releases medium heat of hydration.
 33grade cement releases low heat of hydration.
5. Price
 Price of 33grade cement is lower than 43grade cement.
 Price of 43grade cement is higher than 33grade but lower than 53 grade cement.
 Price of 53grade cement is higher than 33 and 43grade cement.
6. Uses
 Nowadays 33grade cement is rarely used. As most of the manufacturers have sifted to PPC. 33grade cement is commonly used for making concrete of low strength such as below M20 concrete grade.
 43grade cement is used in PCC and RCC works, preferably where the grade of concrete up to M30. Also, it is recommended for plastering, tiling, brickwork and stone masonry, flooring, pathway etc. where initial days strength, not prime importance. It is also used in the finishing of all types of building, bridges, culvert, roads, water retaining structures etc.
 53 grade OPC cement is recommended in all RCC structures like footing, column, beams and slabs where initial and ultimate strength is the major structural requirement. It can also be used for RCC work where the grade of concrete is M30 and above
 Highrise building, Industrial work,
 A precast concrete item such as paving blocks, tiles, building blocks, pipes, railway sleepers, pole etc.
 Prestressed concrete work like bridges, silos etc.
 Runway, concrete roads, bridges.
 Cold weather concreting, cement grouts, instant plugging etc
Every grade of cement is suitable for a different set of tasks.
An each of them has varying level of strength, using the wrong strength levels
for a particular job can affect your overall structural design.
Also, read  Difference Between OPC and PPC Cement
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