I know that concrete needs some time to hydrate; therefore (compressive strength test specimens or cubes) are placed in water for 28 days (at that time concrete reaches 90% of its total comp. strength) and then tested and the results are usually used in design, BUT the structure itself cannot be placed in water! So does anyone know if there is any scientific reasoning for that, or why we place the cubes in water while we cannot place the structure in water as well?
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