Nowadays, it is possible to confirm the results predicted by experimental data to the results obtained from engineering experiments with artificial intelligence methods . Clustering analysis is a technique used as an unattended learning method for machine education in the field of artificial intelligence. Besides machine learning, It can also be used in statistics; biology; spatial data mining; and image recognition. In this statistical world, packet programs such as S-Plus, SPSS and SAS are intensively used, these programs make use of K-means and clustering analysis methods . Clustering analysis is a classification method, which is used to divide data into groups. There are two types of clustering possible in MATLAB that includes hierarchical clustering and K-means clustering. [3,4]. K-means clustering, was invented by MacQueen in the year 1967  and it is one of the most commonly used unattended learning methods. K means clustering possess an assignment mechanism, which permits each dataset to belong to only one cluster, so that each point in the dataset is assigned to its nearest cluster of nodes [6,7]. The ease of implementation and fast operation in large data sets is the main advantage of K-means clustering . Concrete whose versatility, durability, sustainability, and economy have made it the world’s most widely used construction material is basically a mixture of two components: aggregates and paste . Aggregate accounts for 60-80% of the concrete volume and greatly affects the quality, properties and economy of the concrete . The mechanical properties of the concrete are closely related to one another. The strength of concrete is managed by the proportioning of cement, coarse and fine aggregates, water, and various admixtures . A number of methods have been reported in for an estimation of compressive strength of the concrete. There are many recent computing techniques reported for better prediction of concrete compressive strengths. These reported studies were generally based on water/cement ratio, cement types, additive types, additive ratio, recycled aggregates, curing conditions, and mixing designs of concretes . In addition, the compressive strength is related to other properties or performance of concrete (flexural strength, splitting tensile strength, elasticity modulus, durability) . Scope of the present study is the effect of the aggregate origin in the clustering analysis of normal strength concretes.
2 Material and Method
In this study, six different origin aggregates were used in the mixture concrete, namely, limestone (L), recrystallized limestone (RL), sand and gravel (SG), dolomite (DO), trachybasalt (TB) and tephra–phonolite (TP) (Figure 1). Aggregates L, RL, SG, DO are sedimentary rocks, however aggregates TB and TP are igneous rocks. All aggregates were screened through a square sieve and classified into three different size fractions. These are 0/4 mm, 4/8 mm and 16/22.5 mm. CEM I 42.5 R type cement was used in concrete mixtures. Potable water was used in concrete mixes and curing concrete.
Compressive strength of rocks used as aggregates was determined according to TS EN 1926 . According to TS 802  the mixture designs of concretes were given in Table 1  followed by the preparation of concrete samples. After concrete samples were maintained in the curing tank for 27 days, their compressive, flexural, and tensile splitting strength were determined for 28 days according to the principals of standards in TS EN 12390-3 , TS EN 1097-2  and TS EN 12390-6 , respectively. For each mixture, six cube samples with 150 mm size were moulded to set the compressive strength. On the other hand, three prismatic concrete samples with 100×100×350 mm size were also moulded for determining the flexural strength of concrete. In addition, three cylindrical samples with 150×300 mm size were also casted for determining tensile splitting strength. The classification of normal strength concretes was done by using 4 different variables. These variable include compressive strength of the rocks, compressive strength, flexural strength, tensile splitting strength of concrete samples. Since the data of the analysis were different in the units of measurement, the calculation has been done by z standardization before analysis. Because of few data, gradual clustering methods were preferred. Clustering analysis was performed according to Euclidean distance measure and closest neighborhood methods. Dendograms were used to view clustering analysis results. In addition, clustering analysis was repeated by using a different method, that is by the K-means algorithm but the results obtained were the same.
Ethical approval: The conducted research is not related to either human or animals use.
Compressive strength of trachybasalt (TB) is the highest as compared to other rocks. However, tephra-phonolite rock is characterized by the least compressive strength than the other rocks. DO has a comparatively higher compressive strength than other sedimentary rocks (L, RL, SG). Generally, compressive strength, flexural strength and splitting tensile strength of concretes are directly proportional to each other as shown in Table 2. Compressive strength of TB30 is higher than the other concretes and flexural strength of TB30, which is higher as well. TP30 has the lowest compressive strength as compared to other concrete. However, flexural strength and splitting tensile strength of TP30 is lower than the other concretes.(Table 2). Statistical studies of the data obtained are given in the Table 2.
According to dendrogram graph obtained (Figure 2), R30, L30 and SG30 are in one cluster, TP30 in another cluster, DO30 and TB30 are both in the different cluster. Considering aggregate features such as rock compressive strength, bending strength and splitting tensile strength there are 3 different clusters with similar properties for 6 different experiments normal strength concretes. The same data are obtained from the clustering analysis using the K-means algorithm  given in Table 4.Table 4, the same groups were obtained as the previous cluster analysis. Clustering analysis of normal strength concrete was performed according to the Euclidean distance measure, and nearest neighborhood methods. The resulting dendogram graph is presented in Figure 2. According to the dendogram graph obtained, L30, RL30 and SG30 are present in one cluster, TP30 in second cluster, DO30 and TB30 in another cluster.
Three different clusters with similar properties were formed for six different aggregates with normal strength concretes, according to rock strength, compressive strength, flexural strength and splitting tensile strength of concretes. The same data were obtained from the clustering analysis using the K-means algorithm, given in Table 3. The same groups were obtained as the previous cluster analysis, as shown in Table 3. The experiment of concrete samples was divided into 3 clusters and finally the average of the results was given in Table 4.
As a result of the study, clustering analysis was performed according to Euclidean distance measure and nearest neighborhood methods of normal strength concrete; the clustering analysis was also repeated with a different algorithm using the K-means method. According to the results obtained, it was determined that the concrete with normal strength is represented by three different clusters for six different aggregates using data.
In this study, clustering analysis was performed according to Euclidean distance measure and nearest neighborhood methods of normal strength concrete. In addition, the clustering analysis was repeated with a different algorithm using the K-means method. According to the results obtained, it was found that the concrete with a normal strength is represented by 3 different clusters for 6 different aggregates used in the data.
It is clustered between the strength of the rocks and the mechanical strengths of the concretes produced with these rocks.
The common feature of L, RL and SG aggregates in the first cluster is that it is a sedimentary rock. The aggregate of the concrete in the second cluster is that it is a volcanic superficial rock. The common feature of DO and TB rocks in the third cluster is that it has high density. As a result, clustering in normal class concretes concerns the mechanical strength of rocks.
This research work has been supported by research grants from Süleyman Demirel University Scientific Research Project 1806-D-09.
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Citation Information: Open Chemistry, Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 918–922, ISSN (Online) 2391-5420, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/chem-2018-0100.
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