In normal weather conditions test panels should be undisturbed for at least 24 hours. In cold weather you must protect the panels from freezing and preferably keep the concrete surface temperature above 50 to 55 °F. That allowsthe young concrete to gain enough strength to tolerate movement. Also, your test panels are very small in comparison to current ACI 506.2 Specification for Shotcrete requirements that have a minimum of 16 by 16 by 51⁄2 in. (400 by 400 by 140 mm) dimensions. When coring your smaller panels you should be sure to have the nearest edge of the core 3 in. (75 mm) from the sides to preclude the effect that rebound collection in the corners may cause.