# Weight of cubic yard of concrete

Weight of cubic yard of concrete were depending on the relative proportions of water, sand, stone, and cement, the weight per cubic yard can vary from less than 2000 lbs to nearly 3500 lbs; I would estimate most commercially (truck) delivered concrete would run close to 3300 lbs per cubic yard – remember there are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard!. Use this concrete calculator to get more detail.

### Weight of concrete per cubic yard

Normal Weight of cubic yard of concrete – a mixture or sand, cement, and stone gravel – has an accepted density of 145 pounds per cubic foot. Since there are 27 cubic feet per cubic yard, a cu.yd. weighs 3915 pounds, or almost two tons.

Complicating your question is the word “reinforced.” Reinforced concrete has steel bars in it, called rebar. Steel has a density of about 490 pounds per cubic foot, which is more than three times the density of concrete, so the generally accepted density of normally reinforced concrete is 150 pounds per cubic foot which results in a cubic yard weighing 4050 pounds, but this depends on the quantity and grade of the rebar used.

(Ref. AISC Steel Construction Manual, 13th Ed. Page 17-24. Also older editions have this same information.)

There is light weight concrete made with lighter weight substitutes such as vermiculite for the stone and sand. These can have weights from 85 pcf. Also, there are heavy weight concretes made with steel punchings or pieces of lead used to line rooms for x-ray machines or other radioactive sources.

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